Elon Musk says ‘possible’ Twitter favored left-wing candidates in Brazil election
Twitter owner Elon Musk said on Saturday he believed it was “possible” that staff at the social media company favored left-leaning candidates in elections in Brazil this year, without providing any details. proofs. Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter on October 27, just days before the second round of Brazil’s presidential election, when far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro lost to leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
“I’ve seen a lot of disturbing tweets about the recent elections in Brazil,” Musk wrote on Twitter when asked by a user about the elections possibly “handled” by the company’s former management.
“If these tweets are accurate, it’s possible that Twitter staff gave preference to left-leaning candidates,” the billionaire added.
Earlier this year, Bolsonaro hosted Musk at a meeting in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, when he called the US billionaire’s takeover of Twitter a “breath of hope” and dubbed him a “legend of freedom”.
Lula and Bolsonaro used Twitter extensively during their campaigns. Some Bolsonaro allies – including the most elected candidate for the lower house of Congress, Nikolas Ferreira – had their accounts suspended by court order after the second round for questioning the election results.
Last month, former Twitter trust and safety chief Yoel Roth said the social media company was no safer under new owner Elon Musk, warning in his first interview since stepping down. this month that the company no longer had enough personnel for security work.
Roth had previously tweeted after Musk’s takeover that by some measure Twitter’s security had improved under the billionaire’s ownership. When asked in an interview at the Knight Foundation conference in November if he still felt that way, Roth replied, “No.”
Roth was a Twitter veteran who helped steer the social media platform through several landmark decisions, including the decision to permanently suspend its most famous user, former US President Donald Trump, last year.
His departure further rattled advertisers, many of whom walked away from Twitter after Musk fired half of the staff, many of whom were involved in content moderation.
Before Musk took over as head of Twitter, about 2,200 people around the world were focused on content moderation work, Roth said. He said he did not know the number after the acquisition because the company directory had been deactivated.
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