As soon as he became owner of Twitter, Elon Musk revoked a series of changes that had improved the social network, said the co-founder of the network Biz Stone. In an interview with The Guardian, the executive said that the billionaire “does not seem to be” the right person to control Twitter.
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Stone is a programmer and helped develop Twitter along with Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Noah Glass in 2006. He was responsible for a series of changes and policies in content moderation starting in 2017, when he returned to work at the company.
During a recent interview with The Guardian, however, the former executive was not at all optimistic about the new commander of the social network, Elon Musk. According to him, the billionaire gave up on a series of changes that were good for the platform in terms of monitoring content. “We’ve made several improvements in these areas. And now it’s all over,” Stone chimed in.
The co-founder was also concerned about the repercussions of the so-called “Twitter Files”, a series of confidential Twitter documents that reveal the alleged content moderation strategy responsible for the suspension of the account of former US President Donald Trump. For him, having shown the names of the employees involved could provoke “a series of abuses [contra eles]”. “When that happens, people experience a lot of harassment. This is really bad,” she commented.
Elon Musk would not be the right person
For the programmer, Elon Musk does not seem to be “the right person” to command Twitter now, but he “could be wrong”. “I don’t know the future. I don’t know what’s going to happen and maybe Twitter will do well next year, and that everything that happened was just a trial by fire”, pointed out the co-founder of Twitter.
Twitter is changing
Since the beginning of Twitter’s “Musk Era”, the platform has undergone profound transformations. It lost half of its advertisers, thousands of employees were fired and important changes for the network began to be decided by polls published on Elon Musk’s personal profile. However, Twitter appears to be surviving this phase — at least, for now.
It’s hard to pinpoint what the future of Twitter will be, but the co-founder’s concern is not unfounded. Musk’s command shook the platform significantly and made important competitors, such as the Mastodon network, break access records.
Source: The Guardian