The magnate and owner of the social network Twitter, Elon Musk spoke, in his account that “Twitter is removing many spam / scam accounts at this time, so you may see your number of followers drop.”
This, let us remember, was one of the reasons why Musk had delayed in buying the social network, since there were many fake accounts, and Now with this elimination there will be a decrease in the number of users on the platform.
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Likewise, Twitter reported that it stopped applying a policy aimed at preventing the spread of disinformation about the covid, while its new owner, Elon Musk, continues to redo his content moderation policies.
The move comes after the tycoon, who has already clashed with US authorities over security regulations against the pandemicreinstated a series of accounts on the social network that had previously been banned for violating its content rules, such as that of former President Donald Trump.
“As of November 23, 2022, Twitter stops applying the misleading information policy on covid-19“, noted a message posted on a Twitter transparency web page.
During the pandemic, Twitter dedicated itself to labeling misleading tweets about the covid and to kick out users who persisted in spreading that misinformation.
The banned content included statements intended to influence people to violate health authority guidelines, along with false cures or denial of scientific facts, according to a Twitter blog.
Until September of this year, Twitter had suspended 11,230 accounts under this policy, according to the blog.
Musk, who also runs Tesla, clashed with authorities in 2020 over pandemic safety orders that temporarily closed the plant of the electric car giant in California, calling the stay-at-place orders “fascist” and “an outrage” that violated personal freedom.
Under Musk, who calls himself a “free speech absolutist,” Twitter has begun reinstating some 62,000 accounts in what is internally called “the Big Bang,” according to the Platformer news blog.
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Since he took over the platform last month, Musk has cut around half of Twitter’s staffincluding many employees tasked with fighting disinformation, while an unknown number of them have voluntarily resigned.
Musk’s approach has scared off the company’s main moneymaker: advertisers. In the last weeks, half of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers said they stop or “apparently stop advertising on Twitter”according to an analysis by the nonprofit watchdog group Media Matters.