Twitter isn’t any safer under Elon Musk – and he’s made ‘alarming changes’ to the site, former manager warns business news
Twitter is no safer under its new owner Elon Musk, according to the platform’s former head of trust and security.
Yoel Roth resigned from the social networking site earlier this month – and said the site had started to no longer adhere to publicly available guidelines, but to decisions made solely by Mr Musk.
“One of my limitations has been when Twitter is governed by dictatorial decree rather than politics…there’s no longer any need for me in my role to do what I do.”
Many of the changes Mr Musk made were “sudden and alarming to staff and users alike,” Mr Roth said in a New York Times opinion piece shortly after his resignation.
The Tesla billionaire laid off about half of the company’s 8,000 employees – a move that hit 15% of the trust and security department, Mr Roth tweeted at the time.
Mr Musk’s ill-fated attempt to reinvent Twitter’s verification system allowed users to pay for a verified tick on their account – something Mr Roth said was done despite warnings and advice from the trust and security teams.
Soon after, the platform became a playground for spammers posing as companies like Nestle and Lockheed Martin.
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Mr Roth also defended Twitter’s decision to suspend Donald Trump from the site following the US Capitol riots on January 6 last year, citing the risk of further incitement to violence.
He said: “We saw the clearest example of what it looked like when things moved from online to offline.
“We’ve seen people dead in the Capitol.”
But Mr Musk tweeted on November 19 that Mr Trump’s account would be restoredafter conducting a surprise Twitter poll in which a slim majority voted in favor of the move.