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April 28, 2022 T&S Newsletter



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Twitter abuse victims fear Musk's plans, but may not quit


Washington post | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter


Perhaps no group of people is more alarmed about Elon Musk's apparent plan to make Twitter a free speech free-for-all than those most likely to be targeted for harassment: women, racial minorities and other marginalized groups.


They fear that a more hands-off approach to policing the platform will embolden purveyors of hate speech, bullying and disinformation to ratchet up their bad behavior — a possibility Musk has done little to dispel.

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Elon Musk's 'free speech' takeover part of new corporate activism wave


Washington post | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter


Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is expected to go down in history as one of the largest hostile takeovers of all time.


But unlike most corporate raiders, who focus on finances, Musk has said he wants to strengthen the company’s position on “free speech,” that he wants it to succeed as the “de facto public town square” and to promote global democracy. He’s even said the economics don’t matter, and put up a significant portion of his own personal wealth to finance the $44 billion deal.


Musk’s vision for Twitter — which he revealed even before he was briefly the largest investor in the company — reflects a new trend threatening corporate boardrooms: a growing tendency by shareholders to demand reform from companies, not just better financial performance.

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Twitter, Musk and Why Online Speech Gets Moderated


Washington post | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter


When the World Wide Web opened for public use in 1991, its enthusiasts proclaimed a new era of unfiltered free expression. That was before the internet in general, and social media platforms in particular, proved to be such effective places to spread misinformation about important matters such as Covid-19 and vaccines, disinformation (intentional falsehoods) about politics and elections, plus all manner of conspiracy theories and hate speech. Social media platforms have faced enormous scrutiny over which content it silences, and which it amplifies. That’s the backdrop as Elon Musk pursues his deal to take ownership of Twitter Inc., vowing to prioritize free speech.

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Truth Social Review: Trump’s Uncensored Social App Is Incomplete


NY Times | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


When Elon Musk sealed a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion this week, another social networking product surged to No. 1 in Apple’s App Store: Truth Social, the flagship app of former President Donald J. Trump’s fledgling social media company.


The heightened interest in Truth Social, which debuted in February, was driven by a recent tech upgrade of the app that allowed a flood of users to join it. At the same time, there is more uncertainty about Twitter. Some Twitter users deactivated their accounts this week after the news broke that Mr. Musk was buying the site and questions arose about how he might change the platform.

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Let’s Be Clear About What It’s Like to Be Harassed on Twitter


NY Times | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter


The Tesla co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk is set to shortly become the new owner of a slightly used social media platform with more than 217 million daily users. He has said very little about how he plans to make the business work, but one thing is clear: He is really, really preoccupied with how we talk on the platform and appears intent on rolling back some of its moderation policies in order to allow all legal speech on Twitter.


“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Mr. Musk said in his announcement of the deal. He professes to have a healthy tolerance of criticism. “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” he tweeted.

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Why is the U.S. still probing foreign visitors’ social media accounts?


Washington post | April 26, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


The day he took office, President Biden revoked President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from primarily Muslim countries, calling it “a stain on our national conscience.” In the same proclamation, Biden ordered a policy review encompassing a related component of Trump’s “extreme vetting” program: a State Department policy requiring nearly 15 million visa applicants per year to submit their social media handles to the U.S. government.

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Musk's Twitter ambitions to collide with Europe's tech rules


Washington post | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter


LONDON — A hands-off approach to moderating content at Elon Musk’s Twitter could clash with ambitious new laws in Europe meant to protect users from disinformation, hate speech and other harmful material.


Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” pledged to buy Twitter for $44 billion this week, with European Union officials and digital campaigners quick to say that any focus on free speech to the detriment of online safety would not fly after the 27-nation bloc solidified its status as a global leader in the effort to rein in the power of tech giants.

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How Musk could burst Obama’s ‘disinformation’ bubble


Washington post | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


What if everything you know about “disinformation” is wrong? We could soon find out. The once-obscure concept surged to prominence after the 2016 election as analysts tried to explain right-wing and populist movements in Western democracies. But with Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and accompanying free-speech pledge, the disinformation bubble may be bursting.

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Social media regulation: why we must ensure it is democratic and inclusive


Yahoo News | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media, Twitter

News that the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, is buying Twitter has sent the world into a spin, dividing those who advocate for unfettered free speech – like Musk – and those who believe that some platforms wield too much power and influence. But the ultimate outcome for Twitter may depend heavily on social media regulation.


Chris Philp, the UK minister for technology and digital economy, recently gave a speech about the government’s plan for digital regulation through its proposed online safety bill, promising a “light-touch” approach, but which “supports a thriving democracy”. Now the government has warned Musk that Twitter will have to comply with the new UK legislation.


This isn’t the only kind of regulatory challenge facing social media companies. After Facebook and Twitter removed Russian state media from their sites at the end of February, the Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor blocked access to the platforms, citing discrimination.

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Elon Musk bets Twitter users will like a more freewheeling platform


Livemint | April 27, 2022

Company Listed: Twitter


Elon Musk has pledged to adopt a more hands-off approach to speech on Twitter Inc., but a warning Tuesday from a top European regulator shows it may not be as simple as shelling out $44 billion for the social-media platform and taking it private.