Elon Musk’s Twitter already looks grim for the LGBTQ community • TechCrunch


He only owned Twitter for a few days, but Elon Musk He’s already undermined his credibility in some of social media’s most annoying woes, all while showing a disturbing tendency toward anti-LGBT views.

The world’s most naive billionaire can’t help but Reply to Tweet Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton denounces Republican support for extremist plots that inspire violence in the real world. “The Republican Party and its horns now regularly spread hate and muddled conspiracy theories,” Clinton wrote. “It’s shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result.”

Last week, a man broke into the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco and assaulted her husband with a hammer. The assailant, 42-year-old David Dibab, subscriber Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, election denials, transgender jokes, and violent threats to journalists in the months leading up to the break-in.

Musk, who now owns the platform, quickly got into his own plot, pointing Clinton to a website with it Record Spreading strange and easily debunked misinformation. The story shared by Musk was titled “The Shocking Truth: Paul Pelosi Was Drunk Again, In A Feud With A Male Prostitute Early Friday Morning.”

Evidence supporting the story is that DePape has connections to the nudist community and “Castro Nudists are a group of gay male prostitutes who walk around naked with ck rings.” The plot has ceased to correct since then KTVU Early Report That DePape was in his underwear when he was arrested.

“There is little chance this story is more than meets the eye,” Musk tweeted along with the link for the Santa Monica Observer, which once claimed Hillary Clinton had died and was replaced by a double. By Monday, Musk had deleted the tweet and the Santa Monica Observer had topped its story with an update citing police reports that Pelosi did not know DePape.

Musk’s continued embrace of far-right plots is troubling given that he now owns the company. Just last week, he sought to reassure advertisers that his version of Twitter wouldn’t become a “free hell arena for all”, A promise that quickly became untrue given Musk’s peculiar motive for sharing apparent political misinformation.

Not only is he interested in anti-gay plots about the fictional gay lover of Paul Pelosi. Last week, Musk took time out of his day to respond to the daughter of academic author and self-help Jordan Peterson, who was suspended from the podium because Transient actor Elliot Page was murdered Jarrah described Page as a “criminal doctor” during the summer.

Responding to Peterson’s daughter, Musk said that “anyone arrested on minor and questionable grounds will be released from Twitter prison,” dismissing the seriousness of Peterson’s inexplicable attacks on Paige and inviting more transphobia on the platform in the process. Twitter’s current rules on hateful behavior prohibit the “targeted defamation or killing of transgender individuals,” a policy that has been Added in 2018 To protect trans people from harassment. It is hard to imagine this policy continuing for a long time under Musk.

Peterson’s Twitter account was frozen until the offending tweet was deleted, but that’s not likely to happen – Peterson wildly said he would “Rather to die” on taking it down. Youtube diabolical Some of Peterson’s videos back in August to culling the page and announcing it Sexual confirmation medical care For transgender people, the “level of Auschwitz and Gulag is wrong,” often likening life-saving interventions to a “Nazi medical experiment.”

Before acquiring Twitter, Musk also made it clear that his site Twitter will be a safe haven for anti-Semitism. After Instagram restricted Kanye West’s account for invoking anti-Semitic tropes and accusing Sean “Diddy” Combs of being controlled by “the Jewish people,” Musk warmly welcomed back to Twitter. West jumped to the podium, promising a new anti-Semitic event that would lead to “death [sic] con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE”, a tweet that violated Twitter’s rules.

In the 12 hours since Elon Musk closed the deal, instances of anti-black racist slurs have also surfaced on the platform. increased by 500%, according to an organization that studies social media activity. The outpouring of racism was noticeable enough that Twitter’s chief of safety and integrity weighed in, though Musk’s latest behavior undermined his hopeful message that the team would continue to work “to make Twitter safe and welcome for everyone.”

Musk’s superficial understanding of the intricacies of content management and his apparent eagerness to empower homophobia, transphobia, and anti-Semitism on Twitter does not bode well for a platform that has long been an association of harassment for many of its users. Ability Discounts on the workforce on Twitterincluding its own trust and safety teams, could back down Recent Product and Policy Changes Designed to make Twitter a safer place.

Depending on the tone it sets, Musk’s Twitter seems unlikely to care about protecting the communities that bear the brunt of the targeted abuse on the platform. Musk’s history of amplifying misinformation and even He directs his own harassment campaign in Now the former Twitter policy executive is speaking Volumes about what the store has in store.

“We are deeply concerned about Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter,” the human rights campaign wrote in a statement on Friday. “It’s not about censorship or discrimination of ideas – it’s about the kind of company they want to be and the kind of world they want to shape.”

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