Hillicon Valley — Musk shares new 'hate tweet' guidelines

Twitter CEO Elon Musk says “hate tweets” can be demonetized on the platform, however customers will nonetheless be capable to discover them if they need.

In the meantime, a brand new ballot discovered greater than half of People stated they wouldn’t purchase objects from advertisers that promote them on platforms with hate speech.

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Musk: Hate speech to be ‘deboosted’

Tweets that unfold hate speech can be “deboosted & demonetized,” however will nonetheless be obtainable on the platform if sought out, Twitter CEO Elon Musk stated Friday.  

It’s the newest steering issued by the billionaire who took over the corporate on the finish of October on how content material can be moderated on the platform.

  • “New Twitter coverage is freedom of speech, however not freedom of attain,” Musk tweeted.
  • “Unfavorable/hate tweets can be max deboosted & demonetized, so no adverts or different income to Twitter. You received’t discover the tweet except you particularly search it out, which isn’t any completely different from remainder of Web,” he added.  

Advocacy teams warned that Musk’s plan to create a “free speech” platform, with much less content material moderation measures in place, might result in extra hate speech and misinformation spreading on the location.  

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Shopper boycott on hate speech

Simply over half of People say they wouldn’t buy objects offered by advertisers selling themselves on platforms that comprise hate speech, in accordance with a Morning Seek the advice of ballot launched Thursday. 

  • Fifty-two p.c of respondents to the on-line ballot stated they wouldn’t buy from advertisers that use such platforms for advertising, whereas the identical proportion stated they might really feel “very unfavorable” towards such advertisers.
  • Practically half, 49 p.c, of the two,209 People surveyed Nov. 9-14 stated they might really feel “very unfavorable” towards advertisers who use platforms the place misinformation and bots are distinguished.
  • Forty-five p.c of respondents stated they wouldn’t buy from the advertisers utilizing such websites. 

The ballot outcomes come amid Elon Musk’s high-profile takeover of Twitter beginning late final month, which has sparked issues about hate speech and misinformation rising on the platform.

Musk has stated its content material moderation insurance policies haven’t modified, although roughly half of Twitter’s workers has been laid off and a lot of advertisers have fled amid the takeover. 

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A number of former SpaceX staff filed unfair labor apply fees towards the corporate with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, alleging they had been fired for elevating issues about CEO Elon Musk. 

The previous staff had been a part of a bunch that despatched a letter to SpaceX’s government staff about Musk, expressing their issues about current sexual harassment allegations towards the CEO and his habits on Twitter, in accordance with the workers’ attorneys. 

The group reportedly stated within the letter that Musk’s habits was hurting SpaceX’s fame and tradition and known as on the corporate to sentence Musk’s “dangerous” exercise on Twitter and maintain its management accountable.  

5 staff had been fired the day after the letter went out, with 4 extra being fired inside the subsequent two months, the attorneys alleged. 

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The Division of Justice (DOJ) has opened an investigation into Dwell Nation Leisure, the proprietor of Ticketmaster, in accordance with The New York Instances. 

The investigation predates Ticketmaster’s disastrous try this week to promote tickets to Taylor Swift’s newest tour, with the DOJ’s antitrust division contacting music venues and gamers about Dwell Nation over the previous couple of months, the Instances reported. 

The DOJ is reportedly investigating whether or not the corporate has a monopoly in the marketplace. 

Ticketmaster confronted well-publicized backlash earlier this week after its web site crashed as Swift followers participated in a pre-sale for tickets to her “Eras Tour,” the singer’s first since 2018. The ticketing firm was pressured to delay different pre-sales and ultimately canceled the general public sale for the tour. 

Learn extra right here.  


An op-ed to chew on: A 2024 reminder: Fb isn’t fact-checking Trump or some other politician

Notable hyperlinks from across the net: 

Musk summons engineers to Twitter HQ as hundreds of thousands await platform’s collapse (The New York Instances / Joseph Menn and Cat Zakrzewski) 

Taylor Swift is simply as mad at Ticketmaster as you’re (The Verge / Mitchell Clark) 

With 5,900 tech jobs already gone, a Seattle correction seems actual (The Seattle Instances / Paul Roberts)

📺 Lighter click on: The maths checks out

Another factor: On-line grocery purchasing presses on

The web purchasing revolution began, and ended, with out the neighborhood grocery store.   

After which, COVID-19 arrived within the aisles.  

The share of groceries bought on-line almost tripled from 3 p.c in 2019 to eight p.c in 2020, as homebound shoppers scoured Amazon and Walmart web sites for valuable pallets of bathroom paper and sanitizer and soup.   

Clients have returned to the shops. However the on-line grocery store marches on, ringing up 10 p.c of all grocery gross sales in 2021 and 11 p.c in 2022.   

On-line grocery purchasing “was one of many largest mass-adoption occasions we’ve got ever seen,” stated David Bishop of Brick Meets Click on, an internet grocery store analyst. “It’s too large for any grocer to disregard.”  

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