Dec 14, 2022

Twitter Files spark debate about ‘blacklisting’

Under an initiative by Twitter's new chief Elon Musk, fragments of internal Twitter discussions about content moderation - dubbed "The Twitter Files" - have been shared on the platform by a few selected journalists. Twitter confirmed just a few days ago that it would not "Amplify tweets containing slurs or hate speech". One name on the Twitter files list that has drawn attention is Dr Jay Bhattacharya - a health policy professor at Stanford University - who vocally opposed coronavirus lockdowns, and whose tweets were reportedly prevented from trending. The riots at the Capitol in the US and the war in Ukraine, Twitter came under huge pressure to do more about these issues. What's new about the Twitter Files is detail on who was making the decisions - and specific accounts that have been targeted.

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