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Twitter reportedly restricts employee access to content moderation tools

Twitter reportedly restricts employee access to content moderation tools

In this photo illustration, an image of Elon Musk is displayed on a computer screen and the Twitter logo on a mobile phone in Ankara, Turkey, on October 6, 2022.

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Elon Musk Twitter has taken away certain content moderation and policy enforcement tools from some employees ahead of the US midterm elections, according to Bloomberg News.

The move affects most employees who are part of Twitter’s trust and safety organization, Bloomberg reported registered on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. Employees are unable to address and discipline user accounts that violate Twitter’s policies on hate speech and misinformation, unless they involve harm, the report said.

Twitter still uses automated content moderation tools and third-party contractors to prevent the spread of misinformation and inflammatory posts, while Twitter employees review high-profile breaches, Bloomberg said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security, responded to Bloomberg News in a tweet.

“This is exactly what we (or any company) should be doing in the midst of a corporate transition to reduce opportunities for insider risk,” he wrote. “We still apply our rules on a large scale.”

On Friday, after closing his acquisition of Twitter, Musk he said he plans to form a “content moderation council,” without disclosing details like who will be part of it or what they will do. The Tesla The CEO added that he would not make any “major substantive decisions” or reinstate previously banned orders before the council begins work.

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