New York Times: Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find

New York Times: Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find . “Before Elon Musk bought Twitter, slurs against Black Americans showed up on the social media service an average of 1,282 times a day. After the billionaire became Twitter’s owner, they jumped to 3,876 times a day. Slurs against gay men appeared on Twitter 2,506 times a day on average before Mr. Musk took over. Afterward, their use rose to 3,964 times a day. And antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism soared more than 61 percent in the two weeks after Mr. Musk acquired the site.”

New York Times: Twitter Keeps Missing Its Advertising Targets as Woes Mount

New York Times: Twitter Keeps Missing Its Advertising Targets as Woes Mount. “Some brands are committing only to promotions for events, like the Super Bowl, with heavy discounts or clauses that allow them to back out for any reason, according to internal documents and three people familiar with the efforts. Automakers are among the most concerned advertisers, with General Motors raising questions about whether Twitter’s data would be shared with Mr. Musk’s car company, Tesla, three people said.”

The Conversation: Elon Musk’s buyout of Twitter has placed its user-generated archives in danger

The Conversation: Elon Musk’s buyout of Twitter has placed its user-generated archives in danger. “Future historians may be able to learn about these things through media coverage of Twitter, but the ability to access the tweets themselves will be invaluable for historical research. This is doubly true for the spread of information during breaking events, when the platform itself became the main primary source for observers and participants. Given the centrality of this source, it is hard to believe that it could all disappear. Could it?”

Musk’s Beloved Twitter Polls Are Bot-Driven Bullsh!t, Ex-Employees Say (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone: Musk’s Beloved Twitter Polls Are Bot-Driven Bullsh!t, Ex-Employees Say. “Musk’s claims of recent user growth may be flawed for the same bot-plagued reasons, former staffers say. Under his leadership, Twitter recently told advertisers that monetizable daily active users have grown 20 percent and Musk himself tweeted that ‘Twitter usage is at an all-time high.’ But it’s not clear how much of that claimed growth is authentic. ”

Business Insider: About 1,400 Twitter workers have joined Blind since Elon Musk took over

Business Insider: About 1,400 Twitter workers have joined Blind since Elon Musk took over. “Twitter employees have been flocking to Blind, the anonymous professional network, since Elon Musk took control of the social media platform. In the past month more than 1,400 Twitter employees signed up to Blind, its co-founder Kyum Kim told Insider. About 95% of Twitter’s remaining workers are now on Blind, he said.”

Column: Elon Musk is on a collision course with European regulators. He’s going to lose (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: Column: Elon Musk is on a collision course with European regulators. He’s going to lose. “Speculation in Europe holds that the EU intends to make Twitter a test case for its content moderation rules, suggesting that it won’t back down if it expects its rules to have any credibility. He won’t have the flexibility he has in the U.S. to choose which regulations he wishes to honor. The EU should show other regulators, in the U.S. and abroad, that the way to curb Musk’s willfulness is to stand fast and make him pay for flouting their rules. That approach is long overdue.”

Ars Technica: Musk won’t relaunch Twitter Blue until he finds a way to avoid Apple fees

Ars Technica: Musk won’t relaunch Twitter Blue until he finds a way to avoid Apple fees. “Twitter CEO Elon Musk was planning to bring back Twitter Blue this week, but then he got frustrated with Apple, and now nobody knows when the subscription service will relaunch. But it seems Musk has decided that when Twitter Blue—initially exclusively offered to iPhone and iPad users—comes back, the service will likely not be available for purchase in the Apple App Store.”

Variety: Musk Tweets Fake CNN Headline About Musk Threatening Free Speech on Twitter

Variety: Musk Tweets Fake CNN Headline About Musk Threatening Free Speech on Twitter. “Musk — without any indication that it was a joke — posted an image that said, ‘CNN: Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by literally allowing people to speak freely.’ The post includes a photo of Lemon appearing to speak about Musk on air, with the made-up chyron below Lemon featuring the same text as the headline”

New Yorker: Why I Quit Elon Musk’s Twitter

New Yorker: Why I Quit Elon Musk’s Twitter. “It seems likely that this experiment will conclude with bankruptcy and Twitter falling into the hands of creditors who will have their own ideas of what it should be and whom it should serve. But at least in the interim it’s worth keeping in mind that some battles are simply not worth fighting, some battles must be fought, but none are worth fighting on terms set by those who win by having the conflict drag on endlessly.”

Financial Times: Twitter disbands Brussels office, prompting fears about online safety

Financial Times: Twitter disbands Brussels office, prompting fears about online safety. “The executives had led the company’s effort to comply with the EU’s disinformation code and the bloc’s landmark Digital Services Act, which came into force last week and sets new rules on how Big Tech should keep users safe online. Other Twitter executives in the small but vital Brussels office, seen as a crucial conduit to European policymakers, had left at the start of the month during company-wide cuts that removed around half of its 7,500-strong workforce.”