Published on 03 May 2022

Twitter users may see more fake news, hate speech after Elon Musk takeover

The Straits Times, page B6 - https://www.straitstimes.com/tech/tech-news/twitter-users-may-see-more-fake-news-hate-speech-after-elon-musk-takeover

Twitter users may see more fake news and harmful content such as hate speech if billionaire Elon Musk's plans to revamp the social media platform come true. Such concerns were expressed by experts and observers in Singapore, following Twitter's statement last week that it had accepted his offer to acquire it for about US$44 billion (S$61 billion).

Assoc Prof Alton Chua of NTU said: "With content moderation policies abolished, users can expect to hear more unfiltered voices." This could mean the legitimisation of information disorder, including misinformation and disinformation, as well as harmful content such as hate speech.