Twitter owner Elon Musk said the social platform needed to become “the most accurate source of information”.
Critics have pointed out that Musk shared an inaccurate story about attacking Paul Pelosi last week.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also weighed in on the conversation.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday that his goal was to make Twitter “the most accurate media platform,” but critics say the billionaire has made decisions on the platform that suggest otherwise.
“Twitter must become by far the most accurate source of information about the world. That’s our mission.” Musk tweeted Sunday night. He also shared a similar sentiment in a November 2 tweetin which he said Twitter would become the most accurate source of information “regardless of political affiliation”.
Critics were quick to point out that days earlier Musk had linked to inaccurate information following the Oct. 28 attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, in which an intruder broke into his San Francisco home and hit Paul Pelosi with a hammer. Pelosi was released from hospital on Thursday after being admitted with a fractured skull from the attack.
On October 30, in response to a tweet from Hillary Clinton decrying the attack, Musk shared a link to a website that promoted conspiracy theories about the attack, including one that falsely claimed the attacker was a prostitute hired by Pelosi.
“There is a small possibility that there is more to this story than meets the eye,” Musk said. repliedlinking to a site whose title was “The ugly truth: Paul Pelosi was still drunk and argued with a male prostitute early Friday morning”.
Musk later deleted the tweet.
“Literally a week ago today Musk posted a link to a fake news site (which once suggested Hillary Clinton was dead and replaced by a lookalike),” Hasan wrote on Twitter. “Worse, he then deleted that tweet with no explanation or apology. But of course his ‘mission’ is accurate information.”
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also responded to Musk’s tweet, ask “accurate for whom?”
Musk responded to Dorsey, saying he would base the accuracy on “Twitter folks via community ratings,” which is a feature that allows Twitter to add context to posts they consider misleading.
Musk did not provide detailed information on how he plans to improve the site’s accuracy.
Dorsey also tweeted that making the site “more informative” rather than “most accurate” would be a better goal for the platform.
The notes feature, originally called Birdwatch, was previously used on a tweet from Musk. Friday, users added context to a tweet Musk had shared about “activist groups pressuring advertisers” to suspend their ads on Twitter.
Over the past week, Musk has shared many high-profile plans for the platform, including monetization of content created by creators, a new verification subscription model, and new rules around accounts that impersonate other users.
Twitter representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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