Elon Musk has agreed to reinstate content-moderation tools by the end of the week.
- Elon Musk met with civil-rights leaders via a video call and agreed to restore by the end of the week content-moderation tools that had been blocked.
- The civil-rights groups that were present in the meeting had raised concerns about Musk’s big plans to make Twitter a “free speech” platform and his goals of reinstating banned accounts.
- Musk assured the leaders that everything he was doing will take serious consideration and he will not allow banned users back on the platform until he has made a clear process to follow which will take more time.
Why it’s news
Elon Musk is still in the early days of his Twitter acquisition and continuing to make changes to the platform and one of his biggest focus points—content moderation.
Musk has stated that one of his main goals of buying Twitter was to ease content moderation and make the platform a space for free speech.
He also stated one of his goals was to reinstate banned accounts like Former President Donald Trump who was banned for his risky tweets on the platform, but those reinstatements are still weeks away, he says.
Musk’s goals of easing up on content moderation has worried many people including civil rights groups.
Some of the biggest racial-justice organizations who took part in the meeting included the NAACP, Color of Change, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Leaders who attended the meeting said Musk understood their concerns with his free-speech plans and agreed to work together. He also stated that he would be more transparent about his processes and create speech policies to protect marginalized communities.
Musk also asked representatives at the meeting to join his content-moderation council which will focus on speech policies on the platform.
Representatives said he did not give much information or plans about the council as of yet. Some representatives accepted the offer while others are waiting for more details of what the council will consist of.