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Twitter is not safer under Elon Musk – and he has made ‘alarming changes’ to site, former exec warns

Twitter, according to Elon Musk’s former head of safety and trust, is no safer now that it has a new owner.

Yoel Roth, who resigned last month, stated that the social networking site had begun to depart from publicly available policies in favor of Musk’s decisions.

“If Twitter is ruled by dictatorial policies rather than policy, one of my limitations was that I would no longer be able to do what I do in my role.”

In a New York Times opinion piece, Mr Roth stated that many of the changes Musk made were “sudden” and “alarming for users and employees alike”.


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The Tesla billionaire laidoff roughly half the company’s 8,000 workers. This includes 15% of the trust-and-safety department. Mr Roth tweeted the news at the time.

Musk’s disastrous attempt to reinvent Twitter’s verification system led users to pay for a verified check on their accounts. Mr Roth claimed that this was done in spite of warnings from his team.

The platform quickly became a playground of spammers pretending to be Nestle and Lockheed Martin.

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Roth also supported Twitter’s decision not to suspend Donald Trump after the US Capitol Riots of 6 January 2013, citing the danger of inciting violence.

He said, “We saw the most clear example of how it looked for things to move online to offline.”

“We saw people die in the Capitol.”

Two weeks ago, Musk reinstated Donald Trump’s account after a small majority voted for the move in a surprising Twitter poll.


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