As Twitchy showed you in an earlier post, there’s a montage of headlines crowing about Twitter’s content moderation team being let go by Elon Musk. We’ve read reports about the “uptick” in hate speech in the past week as well as the complete surrender of the site to right-wing extremism. Blue checks are torn: Do they stick it to Musk by taking their content elsewhere or do they stay and fight for the truth?

Bloomberg is among those panicked and says the cuts at Twitter “spur concerns” about both the midterm elections and human rights.

Kurt Wagner and Davey Alba, whom we’ve been hearing a lot from this week, report:

Elon Musk’s broad-based cuts at Twitter Inc. are leading current and former employees to question whether the social network will have the resources to keep crucial systems like content moderation running effectively, including during the US midterm elections on Tuesday.

Twitter has historically been a major tool for following news during elections, as the first place information gets reported before it ends up on television or other social networks. Now, the site “has been massively disrupted,” becoming vulnerable to problems during high-traffic moments, or coordinated disinformation campaigns, said Dr. Kate Starbird, an associate professor at the University of Washington and co-founder of the Center for an Informed Public. “Some of the ways that that platform worked yesterday are not going to be the ways that they work today, tomorrow and going into the election on Tuesday.”

Now Twitter has “historically” been a major tool for following election news. We’ll still see the panels on MSNBC crying Tuesday night, though; cable news is where people get their election updates.

But … and this is just a hypothetical … what if people start spamming Twitter with news that Dr. Oz has won the Pennsylvania Senate election before polls close? All those John Fetterman voters might back up and go home. That’s why it’s so important. We can’t have election “disinformation” spreading until the Democrats have declared victory.


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