Elon Musk says there’s ‘no change to Twitter’s moderation policies yet’

Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk has made it “very clear” that he has yet to make any changes to the social media platform’s content moderation policies.

Mr Musk previously tweeted that those banned from the site would not be reinstated until a review by a “content moderation board”.

He followed that up a few hours later with more information, saying in a post, “To be very clear, we haven’t made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies yet.”

The 51-year-old also responded to a Conservative reporter’s suggestion that Twitter had “different game modes”.

Cosmin Dzsurdzsa, a researcher at Canadian right-wing outlet True North, tweeted: “Twitter PvP is where you can start fighting and harassing each other on verified personal accounts. Twitter Roleplay is for anonymous accounts only with minimal moderation. Normal Twitter is for everyone with strong moderation.

Mr. Musk replied: “Something like that makes sense.”

Twitter staff and users have been awaiting more details from Mr Musk on his plans for the platform, amid concerns over his support for easing content moderation and overturning permanent bans on controversial accounts.

His latest comments appear to mean no immediate return to Twitter for several high-profile and polarizing figures who were previously banned, including former US President Donald Trump.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Musk said: “Twitter will form a content moderation council with widely diverse views.

“No major content or account reinstatement decisions will be made until this board meets.”

Mr Musk was due to address staff at the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Friday, after completing its high-profile $44bn (£38bn) takeover of the social media giant.

It comes after it was reported that Mr Musk is set to take on the role of chief executive of Twitter, replacing Parag Agrawal, who was one of several senior executives to be ousted at the end of the takeover, but could possibly cede the role in the longer term.

Bloomberg had reported that Tesla boss Mr. Musk intended to get rid of permanent bans on user accounts because he does not believe in lifetime bans.

This would mean that people who had previously been banned, including Mr Trump, would be allowed to return.

The stance alarmed online safety campaigners and many Twitter users, who also raised concerns about Mr Musk’s aim to allow ‘absolute freedom of speech’ on the platform .

His latest comments would suggest that the “Content Moderation Board” may have a say in making these decisions about content and account reinstatements.

On Friday, Mr Trump posted on his own Truth Social platform that he was “very happy that Twitter is now in good hands”, but did not comment on a possible comeback, instead praising his own app, which has launched after he was banned from Twitter.

And London Mayor Sadiq Khan said any decision to allow banned users back to the site would have to be taken “with incredible caution and in direct consultation with experts”, given the size and size of the site. importance of the platform in modern online life.

Mr Musk celebrated the completion of his extended takeover of the social media giant by tweeting shortly before 5am UK time on Friday: ‘the bird is free’, in reference to the bird logo from Twitter.

A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday confirmed Twitter’s delisting from the New York Stock Exchange as Mr. Musk took the company private.

A US court had set Friday the deadline for the boss of Tesla and SpaceX to finalize its acquisition of the platform.

Meanwhile, many users have threatened to quit Twitter if Mr. Musk continues his plans to moderate content and restore banned accounts.

But the billionaire has made some gestures to try to calm these fears.

On Thursday, he issued a statement to Twitter advertisers, saying he was acquiring the platform because he felt it was important to have a space where “a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy way.”

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