A top member of the Twitter team had made disturbing comments about children.
But what he worked to build was destroyed the moment Musk found out.
Elon Musk rapidly made a huge change when child sex comments were exposed.
Twitter announced late Monday that it had disbanded the Trust and Safety Council, which previously had been “a group of independent expert organizations from around the world” which advised on “issues critical to the health of the public conversation.”
Twitter’s former global head of Trust and Safety, Yoel Roth, came under fire for comments he made about children having sex.
In one tweet Roth asked whether high school students can “meaningfully consent to sex with their teachers.”
“Looks like Yoel is arguing in favor of children being able to access adult Internet services in his PhD thesis,” Musk posted on Twitter.
Musk attached a photo that said, “It’s worth considering how, if at all, the current generation of popular sites of gay networked sociability might fit into an overall queer social landscape that increasing includes individuals under the age of 18. Even with the service’s extensive content management, Grindr may well be too lewd or too hook-up-oriented to be a safe and age-appropriate resource for teenagers; but the fact that people under 18 are on these services already indicates that we can’t readily dismiss these platforms out of hand for queer youth culture. Rather than merely trying to absolve themselves of legal responsivity or, worse, trying to drive out teenagers entirely, service providers should instead focus on crafting safety strategies that can accommodate a wide variety of use cases for platforms like Grindr.”
Two days later Twitter announced that it has disbanded the company’s Trust and Safety Council.
“As Twitter moves into a new phase, we are reevaluating how best to bring external insights into our product and policy development work,” the company wrote in an email to board members. “As part of this process, we have decided that the Trust and Safety Council is not the best structure to do this.”
“We are grateful for your engagement, advice and collaboration in recent years and wish you every success in the future,” the email continued.
Roth had previously resigned from Twitter in November.
Andrea Stoppa, founder of cybersecurity group Ghost Data, said that Twitter has nearly doubled its daily suspension rate on accounts that share exploitative content containing child pornography since Musk took over.
Roth has also come under fire for recent reports showing that he held weekly meetings with officials from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for years.
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