Mitchell Clark, The Verge, October 28, 2022
Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner, says the company is setting up a council to make important moderation decisions at the company. In a tweet on Friday, Musk said the “council” will have “widely diverse viewpoints” and that “no major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.” Several hours later, he clarified his statement with a quote tweet, explaining that, “To be super clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies,” as he speedruns the experience of becoming a media exec.
Part of Musk’s professed reasoning for buying Twitter hinged on making it a platform for “free speech,” and he has said he’d consider letting controversial figures like former president Donald Trump back onto the platform. With Friday’s announcement, it seems as if he’s placing that sort of decision into the hands of a council.