February 3, 2023

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Elon Musk is trying to blame ‘activists’ for his lie on Twitter’s moderation council

Elon Musk is trying to explain why he let Donald Trump and others back on Twitter, even after promising the decision would be left to a Content Moderation Council made up of people with “very different viewpoints”. And wow, his explanation sure is something; in one tweet Tuesday nighthe claimed the council was part of a deal he struck with an unnamed “grand coalition of political/social activist groups,” implying it was their fault.

Musk claims he made a deal to stop these groups from trying to destroy Twitter’s ad revenue and that these groups “broke the deal,” so he doesn’t have to keep up all that Council stuff anymore.

Earlier this month, Musk unblocked Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin and The Babylon Bee before conducting a poll asking his followers if they would like to see Donald Trump back on the platform, tweeting “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” what which translates to “The voice of the people is the voice of God.” The next day, without mentioning the council, he announced that Trump would be left behind based on the results of the poll (although the former president and current presidential nominee has yet to return to tweeting).

Here’s another poll: Do you believe Musk’s explanation?

It’s not the first time Musk has pointed the finger at “activists.” Earlier this month, he tweeted that activist groups were “pressuring advertisers” to try to “destroy freedom of speech in America.” Meanwhile, The Verge has seen documents from one of the Big Three advertising companies that have advised clients to stop running campaigns on the platform. Omnicom Media Group and others did not cite pressure from political or social activists; Instead, they said Twitter poses a risk to brands due to concerns about compliance, imitation, a lack of moderation, and how the massive layoffs are impacting the company’s ability to do business.