Mehul Robin DasNov 24, 2022 13:58:29 IST
Twitter has long been a hotbed of vitriol and hate. However, when Elon Musk took over the social media platform and announced himself as CEO, Hate speech and the use of racial slurs skyrocketed. According to a report by The Washington Post, the use of certain derogatory epithets of African Americans, Jews, and East Asians has increased by as much as 500 percent on the platform.
Elon Musk recently took to Twitter to announce that because of his team at Twitter, not only has there been a significant drop in the use of racial slurs and hate speech over the weeks he’s been in office, it’s actually down by a third from pre-hike levels. This means hate speech is at an all-time low on Twitter.
Musk took to Twitter to share a graph showing that hate speech on Twitter has dropped significantly. The chart showing Mask rose slightly after a decline, but this was to be expected.
Hate speech impressions decreased by 1/3 from pre-high levels. Congratulations to the Twitter team! pic.twitter.com/5BWaQoIlip
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2022
The Network Infection Research Institute (NCRI), a Princeton-based research group that analyzes social media content to predict emerging threats, said the use of the N-word on Twitter increased by nearly 500 percent in 12 hours immediately. After completing Mask’s deal.
Yoel Roth, Who was the Head of Safety and Integrity at Twitter When Musk took over, he said, “A few accounts are posting tons of tweets that include insults and other derogatory terms.” He said the more than 50,000 tweets that repeatedly used the derogatory term for an African American came from just 300 accounts, most of which were “incorrect.” Twitter also confirmed that the rise in racial slurs was part of a campaign to malign Musk.
After Musk posted that the use of hate speech had stopped on the platform, he also posted a tweet indicating that all the chaos was caused by just 1,500 accounts. This, it seems a bit hard to believe. Musk also said he considered reprimanding those accounts and taking some action against them, but ultimately decided not to.
Musk also revealed that during the exercise, Musk saw a list of the most offensive terms that were used on the platform, and with what frequency. It should be noted that Musk’s allegations have not yet been verified by an independent source or organization.
Having said that, his followers believe that hate speech has declined mainly on Twitter Because left-leaning users left the platform in drovesor stop participating in the platform because of Musk and his policies.