Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, has tweeted that he wants Twitter to be “the most accurate” media platform. Some others pointed out that Elon Musk spread a false report regarding the assault that took place on Paul Pelosi the week before.
Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, added his two cents to the discussion as well.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, stated in a tweet on Sunday that his goal was to make Twitter “the most accurate” media platform. However, detractors assert that the billionaire has taken decisions on Twitter that show the opposite is true.
“Twitter should strive to become the most reliable source of news and information about the world. To do this is our goal.” Musk sent out a tweet late on Sunday. In another tweet he sent out on November 2, he expressed a view quite similar to this one. In this message, he predicted that Twitter would become the most accurate news source “without regard to political allegiance.”
Twitter needs to become by far the most accurate source of information about the world. That’s our mission.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 7, 2022
Critics were quick to point out that days earlier, Elon Musk had linked to inaccurate news following the attack that took place on Nancy Pelosi’s husband on October 28. In that incident, an intruder broke into her home in San Francisco and hit Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
Pelosi is the speaker of the House of Representatives. After being admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with a fractured skull as a result of the incident, Pelosi was discharged from the facility on Thursday.
On October 30, in response to a tweet sent out by Hillary Clinton condemning the attack, Elon Musk posted a link to a website that promoted various conspiracy theories regarding the attack. One of these theories falsely asserted that the perpetrator of the attack was a male prostitute that was hired by Nancy Pelosi.
Musk’s response was, “There is a minuscule potential there might be more to this tale than meets the eye,” and he linked to a website with the following headline: “The Awful Truth: Paul Pelosi Was Drunk Again And In a Dispute With a Male Prostitute Early Friday Morning.”
Musk ultimately decided to delete the tweet.
Mehdi Hasan, a journalist for MSNBC and political analyst, was one of dozens of people on Sunday evening who pointed to Musk’s distribution of the unverified piece. Hasan’s account was one of them.
Hasan wrote on Twitter that Musk had shared a link to a fake news website “just a week ago today.” The website in question had previously suggested that Hillary Clinton had died and been replaced by a body double. “Even worse, he removed that tweet without providing an explanation or apologizing for his behavior. But without a doubt, his “purpose” is to provide correct information.”
Literally a week ago today, Musk posted a link to a fake news website (that once suggested Hillary Clinton was dead and had been replaced by a body double). Worse, he then deleted that tweet without explanation or apology. But sure, his “mission” is accurate information. 🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/lh3wBTLk0W
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 7, 2022
Musk’s tweet was also responded to by Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, who asked, “accurate to who?”
Musk responded to Dorsey by claiming that he would base the truth of his statements on “the people of Twitter via Community Notes.” Community Notes is a feature that enables Twitter to provide context to tweets that they deem to be misleading.
Musk did not disclose any specific details regarding how he expects to enhance the accuracy of the website.
In another tweet, Dorsey suggested that a more appropriate objective for the platform would be to work toward making the website “more informative,” rather than the “most accurate.”
One week ago he tweeted a story to 110 million people that Paul Pelosi’s attacker might be his secret gay lover, but that was so October 2022. Time to move on. pic.twitter.com/pDt1pkJpm9
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) November 7, 2022
In one of his tweets, Musk has already utilized the notes feature, which was formerly known as Birdwatch. On Friday, users added context to a post that Musk had tweeted about “activist groups pressing advertisers” to suspend their adverts on Twitter. The tweet was about “activist groups pressuring advertisers.”
Musk has revealed numerous expansive ideas for the platform over the past week. These plans include the commercialization of creator-made content, the introduction of a new verification subscription model, and the establishment of new rules about accounts that impersonate other users.
The request for comment that Insider made to representatives of Twitter was not immediately met with a response.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, discussed the future of the social media network in a series of tweets, saying it needed to become the world’s most reliable information source.
“Twitter needs to become by far the most accurate source of information about the world. That’s our mission,” he wrote, sharing his vision for the company.
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