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There’s no editors anymore in America: Biden says of Twitter

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has said that Twitter spreads lies around the world on a massive scale as he suggests that entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter may lead to an increase in hate speech and disinformation.

Biden said on Friday that Twitter spews lies across the world as he regretted that platforms like Twitter fail to put in place proper content moderation mechanisms.

“And now what are we all worried about: Elon Musk goes out and buys an outfit that sends - that spews lies all across the world... There’s no editors anymore in America. There’s no editors. How do we expect kids to be able to understand what is at stake?”

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters earlier that Biden had been clear about the need to reduce hate speech and misinformation.

“That belief extends to Twitter, it extends to Facebook and any other social media platforms where users can spread misinformation,” she said.

The comments came on the day Twitter laid off half its workforce but said cuts were smaller in the team responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation.

That comes as advertisers have pulled spending on Twitter amid concerns about content moderation on the platform under Musk's takeover.

Musk has promised to restore free speech while preventing Twitter from descending into a “hellscape.”

(By staff and Reuters)


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