Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is not happy with Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s content moderation decisions on the platform, saying his rash bans or censorships are showcasing a “path to authoritarianism.”
Acting "quickly and decisively in response to catalysts" when the action in question is banning things is the path to authoritarianism.
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) December 16, 2022
David Sacks, the general partner of Craft Ventures, tweeted listing Elon’s decisions on the platform, asking, “What’s the problem?” with these moderations, to which Buterin replied, “The problem is the way in which the policies were introduced, seeming to retrofit around Elon’s views on very specific situations.”
When a Twitter user countered, saying there were catalysts that justified Elon Musk’s new policies and the Twitter CEO is only responding to system inputs, and Musk acted quickly and decisively, Buterin served a fatal blow to Musk’s moves.
Buterin replied, “Acting “quickly and decisively in response to catalysts” when the action in question is banning things is the path to authoritarianism.”
Users’ reactions to the many new modifications that Elon Musk has implemented on Twitter since he gained control of the network have been decidedly varied since Musk took over.
Following their coverage of a Twitter account that made use of publicly accessible data to follow Elon Musk’s private plane earlier this month, Elon Musk placed a temporary suspension on the accounts of a number of well-known journalists.
While the FIFA World Cup Final event was happening, the Twitter Support account tweeted that it would delete accounts “created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms and content that contains links or usernames.”
According to Twitter, users who violate the rules several times run the danger of having their accounts frozen or being requested to delete tweets that violate the policy. Users who violate the regulation a third time run the risk of having their accounts permanently banned.
The new policy invited heavy criticisms, with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey opposing it. The tweet about the new policy is now found deleted.
Vitalik Buterin responded to the policy by tweeting, “Really not kind to Messi to use his performance in the World Cup taking up everyone’s attention as cover to release this kind of thing.”
Buterin also blasted Musk for banning links to Mastodon, a rival social networking platform, calling the action “This is really bad imo.” However, Mastodon’s official Twitter account was also suspended for posting links to its version of the “ElonJet” account.
@ElonJets, which tracks Elon’s jet, and @CelebJets, which tracks celebrity-owned private jets, retrieve publicly accessible data and repost it, which is permitted in the United States.
Elon Musk has just now published a poll on Twitter, asking followers to vote on whether he should continue his role as CEO of Twitter. Musk has said that he would follow the results of the poll.
MrBeast, a renowned YouTuber, was asked for his viewpoint and said that he believes Musk should step down from his position if he intends to continue making decisions such as the present prohibition on cross-promoting other social media platforms.
The poll on Twitter received 14,881,111 votes, with 57.2% of respondents expressing a desire for Musk to resign down from his position. As of this writing, there are just three hours remaining before the poll closes, and it will be interesting to see whether Musk will really stand down if the majority of voters want him to be removed from his position.
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