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15 years ago, 5 friends and I drunkenly painted a crosswalk on a dangerous street in our College Town. Shockingly, people actually used it and the city installed a legitimate crosswalk there soon after. Now it's in a national publication bloomberg.com/news/articles/… via
Let's steelman 's concern about political influence on the content decisions of major platforms. and come up with practical steps Musk could take to set a new standard: 1) Commit to releasing all communications by global political actors related to content moderation.
1. Some thoughts on the Twitter thread put out by and . My purpose here isn't to promote or rebut, but evaluate and consider. I will try my best to be fair-minded.
It's hard to come up with a generalized rule banning stories based on illegal material, but banning leaked sexual material of celebrities/notable figures is something social media companies have lots of experience with, they're on firm ground there
But it’s very hard to come up with a generally applicable rule that no media stories based on hacked or stolen material is permitted. A fair amount of journalism is based on material that is or at least might be stolen
Andrew Prokop @awprokop
Obviously there’s an element of gotcha to this but it’s honestly a really big deal that the owner of an important communications platform also runs a car manufacturing company that depends on the goodwill of the PRC leadership. https://t.co/9jYEdhSOib
I asked Elon if his commitment to free speech, which he says is crucial to the future of humanity, extends to Chinese & Iranian protestors (earlier he ducked a question about Twitter supporting them). Elon scolded me & the right-wing hosts jumped in & kicked me out. Free speech!
Tommy Vietor @TVietor08
One reason media was cautious about the Hunter docs is: they were being given to conservative journos predisposed to find what Trump’s team wanted rather than people who might take a more skeptical eye. In unrelated news, Musk is giving Twitter docs to Taibbi and Bari Weiss…
Of course if a more skeptical journalist was given the docs they probably would not have ominously tweeted this out without checking and finding out these “handled” tweets were sexual material about Hunter Biden
8. By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: “More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.” https://t.co/mnv0YZI4af
Matt Taibbi @mtaibbi