Musk Warned He Faces Massive Fines Unless Twitter Tackles Hate Speech

Elon Musk has been told that he faces fines of hundreds of millions of pounds unless Twitter cracks down on hate speech, harassment and misinformation on his watch.

Musk had a £34.5 million bid for Twitter accepted yesterday. He has said that he will prioritise free speech on the platform.

According to The Times:

His comments have led to concerns that Twitter could reduce the role of moderators and seek confrontation with regulators that are cracking down on harmful content on social media platforms.

The Online Safety Bill proposes that social media companies must set out how they will deal with harmful material. They would face fines in Britain unless they had proper processes in place.

The EU has said Twitter will face fines of up to 6 per cent of revenue if it does “not comply with our law”.
Downing Street said: “Regardless of ownership, all social media platforms must be responsible. That includes protecting users from harm.

“It is too early to say what — if any — changes will be made to how Twitter operates. It remains an important tool — it’s used by world leaders — and we will continue to work with them to make sure it continues to improve.”

Government sources added that they did not think Musk’s ownership would necessarily put Twitter on a “collision course” with the bill.

They said the company would need to set out clearly its policies on harmful content and could be fined if it failed to enforce them.

Damian Collins, chairman of the joint committee scrutinising the draft bill, said Musk must keep his pledge to “defeat the spam bots” and combat hatred and abuse on the site.

“Elon Musk calls Twitter the digital town square, but it has become a place where free speech is drowned out by co-ordinated armies of bot accounts spreading disinformation and division,” he said.

It will be business as usual when Musk takes the reins at Twitter. Users who attempt to share vital information that is being supressed by the legacy media will be shadow banned or have their accounts deleted.

The beat will go on.

 

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wretchedcoder

If England doesn’t want Free Speech, as their government have affirmed by passage of crap laws that prohibit “certain speech”, then Elon should simply disable Twitter in England. If enough people bitch at their PM’s, maybe they’ll reconsider their bollocks definition of “Free Speech” in England.

Jon Taylor

not buying that musk is a bastain of free speech like they are trying to make out. Richie here is why Level earth is important https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfNweruj4n4&t=1s

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Aldo

“Hate speech” is really code for “Hate free speech” that repudiates the government narrative. Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning would attest to the fascistic agenda sweeping governments via Davos/Bilderbergers representatives/flunkies.

fab nocivelli

Is musk the new trump?

toney

I doubt it, he is a WEF young leader though and his mother is very strange , THE WORLD IS A STAGE as Shakespeare said

Anth

We must uphold free speech via censorship, it is the only way to keep people “safe”.

Did anyone seriously believe Musk was going to be any sort of savior or good guy?

toney

many did just like they think Mr Operation Warp speed is Somehow our saviour too

bushbaby

A robot saving robots…Elon is Surveillance Valley!

Abdel

Well I won’t be rushing back to the Twittersphere. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice and fuck you, you autistic bastard.

toney

Musk wants to stop the bots, and AUTHENTICATE HUMANS , So no more anonymity and whistleblowers

Craig

It could be argued that, as things currently stand, the ‘town square’ argument is false.
In the traditional town square scenario, most – if not all – of the people would have shared the same cultural values. That is simply not true of the users of Twitter, though that is clearly the future goal.

And just like most (and possibly all) revolutions, the changes are not a reflection of the will of the majority, but an imposition of a small minority.

Dee Murph

One man’s hate speech is another man’s joke. Words are violence 🤣

Dean

I don’t want to sound pessimistic, but I didn’t really think our shill of a government would let free speech happen anyway.

I don’t want to see hate, so I won’t look.

Same old same old – I wish they would concentrate on helping people survive day to day instead of micro managing everything we read, do, see, hear.

As my grandad used to say at the start of every season – “same shit, different kit”

Chris B

£34.5 Billion, not million. Granted its probably a more realistic price though…

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