Elon Musk, who is in the middle of talks to buy Twitter for $44 billion, said it was “disappointing” that a Biden administration official wants verified Twitter users to edit other people’s tweets.
Musk was responding to a video by Nina Jankowicz, director of the White House’s newly created Disinformation Governance Board, which said that tweets containing factual errors should be edited by others, similar to Wikipedia.
“Disappointing…,” Musk wrote in a one-word tweet in response to the video.
Jankowicz told participants in a recent Zoom chat that he was “verified” by Twitter before “there are a lot of people who shouldn’t be verified, who aren’t legit” because “they’re not trustworthy.”
She then adds: “Verified people can essentially start ‘editing’ Twitter [in] They can add context to some tweets, just like Wikipedia.”
Jankowicz then made a hypothetical proposal.
“If the President [Donald] Trump was still on Twitter and tweeted a claim about voter fraud, someone could add a reference to one of the 60 lawsuits that went through the courtroom or something that an election official said…a Tweet,” she said.
Twitter’s verification feature, in which verified users receive a “blue check” next to their Twitter handle, was introduced more than a decade ago as a means of indicating that an account holder is “authentic, remarkable and active”. It aims to help users identify celebrities and public figures, while distinguishing them from fraudulent or parody accounts.
Tesla CEO and the world’s richest man, Musk, has offered to buy Twitter for $44 billion, though he tweeted early Friday pending clarification about the bots’ presence.
He plans to change Twitter’s content moderation policies and allow fewer restrictions on speech. Musk, who calls himself a “free speech absolutist”, has also said he plans to reinstate the account of former President Donald Trump.
It’s unclear when the Zoom conversation – the video of which was posted on Twitter post millennialA Canada-based news outlet – Hua.
The Disinformation Governance Board – which was compared to an Orwellian “ministry of truth” by Republicans and some left-wing and liberal critics – was announced last month by billionaire Elon Musk to buy Twitter to implement pro-free speech and anti- Soon after the deal was reached. Censorship Reform.
Jankowicz’s own misleading comments about freedom of speech and propaganda have surfaced since he was tapped to head a controversial new body within DHS.
She posted tweets promoting the claim that Trump had ties to a Kremlin-linked bank. Trump was accused of colluding with Russia in 2016 during his campaign against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
On November 1, 2016, Jankowicz tweeted about the alleged link, a day after the connection was discovered in a piece on the left-wing website Slate. His post was initially exposed by the Washington Examiner. I
The allegations of Trump’s ties with Russia raised by Clinton’s campaign are now the subject of investigation by John Durham, the special counsel who was appointed by previous Attorney General Bill Barr.
Jankowicz also cast doubt on The Post’s reporting on documents from Hunter Biden’s laptop. The New York Times and The Washington Post recently acknowledged their delayed verification of emails from Cash.
House Republicans want to dissolve the Disinformation Governance Board in what they call “an un-American abuse of power.”