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Elon Musk’s Twitter loses its second chief of trust and safety

According to reports, Twitter’s second director of trust and safety under owner Elon Musk has resigned.

Ella Irwin assumed the position when Yoel Roth resigned in November 2022, a month after Elon Musk assumed control of the company.

The director of trust and safety is responsible for content moderation, a topic that has gained prominence since Mr. Musk’s takeover.

The BBC has requested comment from Twitter and Ms. Irwin.

She confirmed her resignation to both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. Unknown is the reason for her resignation.

However, this comes one day after Mr. Musk publicly criticized a Twitter content moderation decision.

The decision to limit the visibility of a video based on allegations of gender confusion, he said, was “a mistake by many Twitter users.”

“Whether or not you agree with using a person’s preferred pronouns, failing to do so is at worst impolite and violates no laws,” he wrote.

A week earlier, the social media platform withdrew from the European Union’s voluntary code to combat disinformation.

Mr. Musk announced last month that Linda Yaccarino, the former director of advertising at NBCUniversal, will take over as Twitter’s new CEO. She has not yet begun her new position.

Content moderation
The Center for Countering Digital Hate, a London-based advocacy organization, discovered that obscenities increased significantly after Mr. Musk’s takeover, as indicated by in-depth studies.

In addition, Twitter disbanded the volunteer group that advised it on self-harm, child abuse, and hate speech in December 2022.

However, steps have been taken to moderate the veracity of content, with Mr. Musk announcing an expansion of the platform’s Community Notes feature to include images.

Community Notes is a crowdsourced fact-checking system in which Twitter users can add contextual remarks to tweets, frequently labeling them as false or deceptive.

The platform intends to add video to this feature in the future.


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