What Elon Musk Should Do To Twitter

What Elon Musk Should Do To Twitter. By Darren Beattie.

1. Force a vote to re-admit Donald Trump onto the platform.

2. Push out CEO Parag Agrawal … In a 2020 interview with the MIT Technology Review, Agrawal said “our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment,” and instead argued Twitter’s purpose was to decide “who can be heard.”

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3. Declassify everything. … [Twitter] has plenty of internal secrets about how it really operates. It routinely bans users who have committed no actual offense, based on some kind of algorithm about them liking or following the “wrong” people. It claims not to shadowban users, yet it clearly does so … Musk can use his board seat to demand transparency and accountability. One place to start: How did the company end up suppressing completely accurate reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop? …

4. Destroy the bluechecks. … Sometime after the rise of Donald Trump, Twitter stopped handing out blue checkmarks even to those users who could prove their identity, while liberally handing them out to its most liberal users. Twitter also “punished” certain “naughty” users, like Milo Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer, by stripping them of their blue checkmarks. Thus, those possessing a verified “blue checkmark” on Twitter evolved into an elite class of yappers, with corresponding stereotypical “woke” views and attitudes. …

5. Troll everyone … How do the company’s algorithms decide whom to censor? …  Musk can …  force Twitter higher-ups to either reveal the truth or squirm uncomfortably trying to hide it. Musk should do all of this as loudly and publicly as possible. … Musk could cause individual Twitter employees to leave the company in a tiff, and that can only be a good thing.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific