A “general amnesty” has restored hundreds of accounts of right-wing activists and QAnon adherents, according to data reviewed by NBC News. The reinstatement of far-right accounts has coincided with a series of bans of left-wing accounts, leaving users unsure of how the company is now applying its rules.
Before Elon Musk bought Twitter, slurs against Black Americans showed up on the social media service an average of 1,282 times a day. After the billionaire became Twitter’s owner, they jumped to 3,876 times a day.
Slurs against gay men appeared on Twitter 2,506 times a day on average before Mr. Musk took over. Afterward, their use rose to 3,964 times a day.
And antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism soared more than 61 percent in the two weeks after Mr. Musk acquired the site.
These findings — from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups that study online platforms — provide the most comprehensive picture to date of how conversations on Twitter have changed since Mr. Musk completed his $44 billion deal for the company in late October. While the numbers are relatively small, researchers said the increases were atypically high.
From what I can see (which is admittedly not much, I’m pretty much off of The Bird Site these days), the situation has devolved. Space Karen is booting off people from the site who disagree with him (so much for free speech absolutism) but is trying get new users on the site to make up the difference, you know, to appease the advertisers. The new users are turning out to be Third Reich fanbois, White Supremacists, Christian Nationalists, and assorted anti-Semites of various stripes. It’s turning into a clearing house of bad actors, and the Basket of Deplorables that Hillary Clinton warned us about.
What Melon has not figured out yet is that this swarm of Nazis are exactly the kind of people that advertisers do NOT want to be next to on what is rapidly becoming BirdChan. Unless the advertiser is selling swastika merch, of course.