Twitter’s former trust and safety chief says Twitter isn’t safe under new owner Elon Musk.
Yoel Roth, who resigned this month, said the social network had begun to deviate from its policy of adhering to public availability, toward a decision that Musk alone would make.
“One of my limitations is that if Twitter starts to be governed by authoritarian decree rather than policy … I don’t have to play my part anymore and do what I do.”
In a New York Times op-ed shortly after his resignation, Mr Ross said many of the changes Musk had made were “sudden and shocking to employees and users alike”.
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Tesla billionaire laid off about half of the company’s 8,000 employeesinclude 15% trust and safety sector, Mr Ross tweeted at the time.
In Musk’s ill-fated attempt to reshape Twitter’s verification system to allow users to pay for verified ticks on their accounts, Mr Ross said he did so despite warnings and advice from his team.
Before long, the platform became a playground for spammers posing as companies like Nestle and Lockheed Martin.
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Mr Ross also defended Twitter’s decision to suspend Donald Trump’s website after the riots at the US Capitol on January 6 last year, citing the risk of further incitement to violence.
“We’ve seen the clearest example of things moving from online to offline,” he said.
“We saw people die at the Capitol.”
musk Mr. Trump’s account reinstated A narrow majority voted in favor of the move in a surprise Twitter poll two weeks ago.