After Elon Musk published the “Twitter Suppression Files Part Two” last night and revealed the social media platform’s “secret blacklist files,” rock legend Elton John threw a fit.
John said on Friday that he was quitting Twitter (on Twitter).
He said that Twitter’s “recent change in policy, which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked,” was the reason he was leaving the platform.
John is departing, though, just after Musk made adjustments to improve openness and transparency and bring back free expression on the platform.
John, real name Reginald Dwight, declared, “All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring people together.”
“Yet it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world.”
“I’ve decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent change in policy which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.”
All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring people together. Yet it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world.
I’ve decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent change in policy which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 9, 2022
Musk responded to John’s assertions by saying:
“What is this ‘misinformation’ that he refers to?”
Truth is now "misinformation." pic.twitter.com/NFqPR2r3Bl
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 9, 2022
Maybe John was talking about what Twitter used to do, according to Bari Weiss, an independent journalist.
The “Twitter Files” “Part Two” was given to Weiss to describe.
Musk granted her access to Twitter’s internal documents, and she published a lengthy thread on Thursday detailing her findings.
THREAD: THE TWITTER FILES PART TWO.
TWITTER’S SECRET BLACKLISTS.
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) December 9, 2022
Weiss wrote: “A new #TwitterFiles investigation reveals that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users.”
For instance, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford (@DrJBhattacharya) claimed that Covid lockdowns might be harmful to children.
He was put on Twitter’s “Trends Blacklist” in secret, which stopped his posts from trending.
Or take Dan Bongino (@dbongino), a well-known host of right-wing talk shows, who formerly received a “Search Blacklist” designation.
More on this story via Slay News:
“Twitter set the account of conservative activist Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) to ‘Do Not Amplify.’
“Twitter denied that it does such things. In 2018, Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde (then Head of Legal Policy and Trust) and Kayvon Beykpour (Head of Product) said: ‘We do not shadow ban.’
“They added: ‘And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.’ CONTINUE READING…