Elon Musk proposes a Twitter setting that blocks offensive content

  • Elon Musk suggested a general filter on Twitter that would block posts that users find offensive.
  • He said users should be able to tweet freely without their words being broadcast to the country.
  • The billionaire said there is a “huge difference between freedom of expression and freedom of scope.”

Billionaire Elon Musk on Tuesday proposed a Twitter feature that would allow users to set preferences that limit what they see on the platform and block content they find offensive.

Musk, who will buy Twitter for $44 billion, told the Qatar Economic Forum that this would be a step towards making Twitter an “appealing system to use”.

He said Twitter should allow people to say what they want on the platform within the “limits of the law”, but then limit who sees their comments based on the preferences of other users.

“If your preferences are to watch or read anything, then you’ll get that,” he said. “But if your preferences are right, you’d rather not see, you know, comments that you find offensive in one way or another, then you can have that as a setting and not see it.”

The Tesla CEO said he still believes Twitter should be as inclusive as possible, but said there is a “huge difference between freedom of expression and freedom of outreach.”

“In that, you can obviously, let’s say in the United States, go to the middle of Times Square and yell pretty much anything you want,” he said. “You’ll annoy people around you, but you can yell whatever you want in a public place, more or less.”

“But then whatever you say, controversial as it is, doesn’t need to be broadcast to the whole country,” he said.

Musk has previously mentioned his desire to filter offensive and boring content on social media. In his first meeting with Twitter employees, he said he plans “not to show people content that they might find offensive.”

Twitter has not publicly revealed a general feature like the one Musk proposed. However, it allows users to block or filter notifications from specific accounts, or content that the platform flags as duplicate or automated tweets.

In addition, the platform allows users to “mute” certain words so that they are not shown posts containing those terms.

Musk said Tuesday that his goal is to “attract the most people to want to be on Twitter” because they find his content informative, entertaining and useful.

According to him, an ideal user base would include 80% of North America and “half of the world”.

The billionaire has repeatedly said he disagrees with Twitter’s practice of banning users who violate its policies, which currently prohibit people from promoting violence, extremism, adult content, and posting another’s private information. person, among other crimes.

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