CALIFORNIA, November 19, 2022–Yoel Roth resigned as Elon Musk’s head of trust and safety, stating that it would be Musk and not his team who would ultimately choose how to implement or reject moderation on Twitter.
“Roth argues that Apple and Google app stores ultimately govern what Twitter allows on its site. That poses a challenge for Musk and his goal of turning Twitter into a hardcore free speech platform void of moderation.” But, Roth ignores the fact that Saudi Arabia’s Aramco is behind both Apple and Twitter.
Apple’s total shareholders’ equity at the end of its fiscal year 2022 was $50.67 billion, less than Elon Musk network of $204 billion, according to Go Banking.
Roth and his trust and safety team blocked former President Donald J. Trump from engaging with millions of his supporters on Twitter without cause. Trump’s final two Tweets was “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you.” Trump tweeted a second post before Roth and his trust and safety team pulled the plug on Trump. “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful,” tweet Trump.
Roth’s resignation reasoning is ambiguous since Twitter’s content moderation, has stayed the same since Mr. Musk’s acquisition. Twitter’s rules continue to ban a wide range of lawful but awful speech. Mr. Musk has publicly stated that the company’s practices and policies are unchanged. Roth appears to be searching for blue herrings that don’t exist. Or perhaps, Roth’s is disgruntled because of his kudos are about to go to Musk for improving Twitter in less than a month after firing and trimming unnecessary staff. “The Cornell professor Tarleton Gillespie called teams like mine the “custodians of the internet.” The work of online sanitation is unrelenting and contentious,” said Roth.
“In response, Mr. Musk empowered my team to move more aggressively to remove hate speech across the platform — censoring more content, not less. Our actions worked: Before Roth’s “departure, he shared data about Twitter’s enforcement of hateful conduct, showing that by some measures, Twitter was actually safer under Mr. Musk than it was before,” wrote New York Times.
In the United States, liberal members of Congress and the Federal Trade Commission have raised concerns about the company’s recent actions, Including Saudi Arabia’s Aramco as one of Twitters investors.
The Countries and officials who dread freedom of speech on Twitter.
Regulators have significant tools at their disposal to enforce their will on Twitter and on Mr. Musk. Penalties for noncompliance with Europe’s Digital Services Act could total as much as 6 percent of the company’s annual revenue. In the United States, the F.T.C. has shown an increasing willingness to exact significant fines for noncompliance with its orders (like a blockbuster $ 5 billion fine imposed on Facebook in 2019). In other key markets for Twitter, such as India, in-country staff members work with the looming threat of personal intimidation and arrest if their employers fail to comply with local directives.
Musk continues to take aggressive action to remove hate speech across the platform–confirmed by Roth.
People on the social media platform called for the firing of Roth because of his hatred against former President Donald J. Trump and his supporters.
Source: New York Times contributed to the article.