Civil rights leaders condemn Musk decision to lift Trump Twitter ban

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  • Civil rights leaders sharply condemned Twitter owner Elon Musk’s decision to unban former US President Donald Trump from the platform.
  • They doubled down on calls for advertisers to curb spending on the platform.
  • NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement, “In Elon Musk’s Twittersphere, you can incite an uprising at the US Capitol that has led to the deaths of many people, and still have hate speech and violent conspiracies on his platform.” may be permitted.”

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Civil rights leaders swiftly condemned Twitter owner Elon Musk’s decision to ban former US President Donald Trump from the platform, alleging Tesla And about the SpaceX CEO breaking commitments he gave them just a few weeks ago when he first took over the platform.

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NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement, “In Elon Musk’s Twittersphere, you can incite an uprising at the US Capitol that has led to the deaths of many people, and still have hate speech and violent conspiracies on his platform.” may be permitted.” “Any advertiser who is still funding Twitter should immediately stop all advertising. If Elon Musk continues to run Twitter like this, using garbage surveys that don’t represent the needs of the American people and our democracy, If not, God help us all.”

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Musk allowed Trump back on stage on Saturday after Twitter conducted a poll asking users whether he should. Trump was permanently expelled from Twitter under its previous management on January 6, 2021, in the wake of an uprising at the US Capitol as lawmakers worked to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory. Twitter leadership at the time feared that Trump’s continued presence on the platform could incite further violence as he continued to falsely claim that the election was stolen from him.

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Musk’s use of Twitter polls to determine Trump’s fate on the platform took many users by surprise, as the billionaire had said just weeks earlier that he would decide to make major policy decisions and restore banned accounts. Will constitute a content moderation council.

Earlier this month, Musk held a call with civil rights leaders from groups including the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, Free Press and Color of Change to discuss concerns over content moderation on the platform. Musk was also working to reassure advertisers that the platform would not become a “free-for-all hellscape”.

But shortly after meeting with civil rights leaders, some of those same groups asked advertisers to halt spending on Twitter, mass layoffs on the platform betray Musk’s commitments to making the platform safe for users. .

Following Musk’s decision to allow Trump to return, many of those groups doubled down on their calls.

The #StopToxicTwitter coalition, led by Accountable Tech, Free Press and Media Matters for America, said in a statement, “As long as Musk can be trusted to enforce Twitter’s former community standards, there will be no risk to platform users or advertisers.” Not safe for.” “To those still advertising on Twitter: Know that you are directly contributing to Twitter’s destruction of an erratic billionaire and its rapid devolution into chaos.”

Free Press Co-CEO Jessica J. “In less than three weeks, Musk has gone back on every promise he made to civil rights leaders and advertisers,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “Musk either changed his mind or lied to civil-rights leaders and advertisers. Either way, Musk has not proven himself to be a man of his word.”

Twitter and Musk did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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