Elon Musk’s X (formerly Twitter) ranked last on the climate change misinformation scorecard, despite his promise to combat misinformation on his platform.
The world’s richest person bought Twitter for $44 billion in October 2022, then changed its name to X in July. Join Partnered with Company X in April.
Since acquiring Twitter, Mr. Musk has always fought He promised to spread misinformation and make Twitter a trusted app.
Musk even told Twitter employees that he wanted the service to contribute to a lasting civilization.
The best way to fight misinformation is to respond with accurate information, not censorship
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 16, 2023
“I want Twitter to contribute to a better, longer-lasting civilization that better understands the nature of reality.” Said Musk, then head of Twitter, attended the meeting, which was livestreamed to Twitter employees.
However, on Twitter, stopped The long-standing coronavirus misinformation policy was launched under Musk as a step toward transforming the microblogging platform into an all-in-one app.
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“Starting November 23, 2022, Twitter will no longer enforce our COVID-19 misleading information policy,” the memo said.
Moreover, Musk even reinstated his previously suspended account after voters supported him (72.4% in November 2022).
Twitter (now known as X) is nearing the first year of the Musk administration and ranks at the bottom of the climate change misinformation scoreboard.
Pinterest leads, TikTok beats Meta
of score board A survey launched by the environmental group showed US image-sharing and social media platform Pinterest coming out on top (12 points), with Mr Musk’s X receiving 1 point.
Similarly, TikTok, one of the most popular and controversial social media platforms owned by China, came in second place with 9 points.
and @CNBC Rank #1 for posts about X about X
— Brandon Els (@TheOldCootBiker) September 20, 2023
Facebook and Meta Platforms Inc.’s Instagram took third place with eight points, while YouTube took fourth place with six points, half the points of leader Pinterest.
In X, it’s easy to find misinformation about climate change. On X, influential accounts often promote climate change denial or spread conspiracy theories related to green energy efforts.
Even platform owner Musk has made inaccurate statements. statementclaims that activities occurring on the ground have no effect on climate change.
“Twitter/X only got one point – lack of clear policy to address climate change misinformation, no substantive public transparency mechanisms, and evidence of effective policy enforcement. is not presented.” read Report.
“In the case of X/Twitter, Elon Musk’s acquisition of the company created uncertainty as to which policies were still in place and which were not. Some could benefit the fight against climate disinformation, such as the announcement to ban “misleading ads on Twitter/X that go against the scientific consensus on climate change,” but many The policy is now obsolete. According to outside sources, it is being enforced. ”
Twitter is not registered with Google
Twitter’s rebranding to X has raised a lot of concerns, from users to co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Dorsey said rebranding is not “essential” to make Twitter an all-in-one app.
“It’s definitely not required, but one could argue that a reconsideration is the best path forward. The Twitter brand has a lot of baggage, but it’s not the name that matters, but the usefulness it provides. Only,” Dorsey wrote in response to the tweet.
Additionally, discussions on Reddit have raised questions about Musk’s idea to rebrand the world-famous and unique Twitter into something like X.
“You can’t even search Twitter on Google now. I mean, have you ever Googled x? Half the results have nothing to do with Twitter. The first result is someone you’ve never heard of 2022 It was a movie from 2007.” read That discussion.
“How did he come up with the stupid idea to change the name of a world-famous and unique brand to something like X? Zero identity, expression, personality, or even uniqueness? “Search for X on Reddit and tell me what you find,” wrote a Reddit user, who expressed doubts about Musk’s other inventions, such as PayPal and Tesla, because of this rebranding decision.