Twitter is still in the early days of the Elon Musk era, but the new owner of the company does not hesitate to leave his mark on the social network.
According to new research from GLAAD, Amnesty International and the Human Rights Campaign, prominent LGBTQ accounts are already seeing a difference on the platform under Musk’s leadership.
Of the 11 LGBT organizations surveyed, five reported experiencing more frequent abuse and hate speech following Musk’s takeover in late October. Neither group saw a decrease in targeted hate over the same period.
When asked if their organization had found a similar increase in hate on other social networks, 90% of respondents said the increase in harassment was limited to Twitter. All organizations reported encountering hate speech and harassment on Twitter, whether in the pre-Musk or post-Musk eras.
The survey, which focused on accounts with more than 10,000 followers, is far from comprehensive but is designed to capture a “snapshot” of the social media landscape in the first few months after Musk’s $44 billion acquisition. After buying Twitter, Musk quickly reversed many of the company’s content moderation decisions, including some high-profile cases that set an ominous precedent for the platform’s many LGBTQ users.
In November, Twitter reinstated right-wing academic Jordan Peterson and The Babylon Bee, two accounts originally suspended for transphobic tweets about transgender actor Elliot Page and US health official Rachel Levine, respectively. Musk has previously characterized Peterson’s infraction as “minor and questionable”, signaling his interest in reversing the LGBTQ-related suspensions.
A GLAAD and Media Matters report published in December tracked a handful of popular right-wing Twitter accounts and found a post-Musk spike in the use of the word “groomer” — an increasingly prevalent slur that labels queer people as pedophiles. Before Musk loosened the platform’s rules on hate, Twitter labeled the term a prohibited anti-LGBTQ slur.
In December, Musk himself made the unfounded suggestion that Yoel Roth, Twitter’s respected former head of Trust and Safety, was a pedophile, setting off a firestorm of anti-LGBTQ harassment that eventually led to the former gay Twitter executive Twitter outside your Bay Area. home.
“… This lie led directly to a wave of homophobic and anti-Semitic threats, of which Twitter removed very little… (and) ultimately, I had to leave my house and sell it,” Roth told Congress early on. From this week.
“These are the consequences of this type of online harassment and speech.”