Hate speech rises on Twitter in its largest markets after Musk takeover
January 17, 2023
SAN FRANCISCO - Elon Musk's overhaul of Twitter has been accompanied by an increase in digital harassment of religious and ethnic minorities in some of its largest markets outside the United States - and it's beginning to wreak havoc in the physical world as well, according to current and former employees and experts studying the issue.
Musk has fired or accepted resignations from about three-fourths of Twitter's employees since his $44 billion takeover at the end of October. He has also terminated thousands of contractors who were monitoring the site for slurs and threats.
Those cuts went deepest outside North America, where more than 75 percent of the company's 280 million daily users live and where Twitter already had fewer moderators who understood local languages and cultural references and where the political landscape could be chaotic and prone to violence.