It’s getting difficult to follow the downward curve of politics and social media these days, but surely, on that road, this is one of the stranger signposts. Huffington Post is reporting that Elon Musk insulted Adam Schiff recently. The insult itself is an interesting one, considering that even people who dislike Schiff acknowledge his considerable intellect.
Not Musk. He informed Schiff that his “brain is too small” in a tweet that was later removed.
Sigh. Twitter has turned into an after school bullying session.
Schiff and Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) earlier this month sent a letter to Musk inquiring about his content moderation strategy in light of research showing that hate speech has spiked on Twitter since Musk took over.
Musk insisted in a responding tweet that the data was “false,” but provided no evidence to contradict statistics collected in online research.
It’s hard to know what to do or say regarding Twitter. There was quite a stir a few days ago when various journalists got axed from the platform. Most of them have since been restored.
It’s hard for anybody to know where the lines are drawn. Of course, journalists, bloggers, tweeters, anybody wants to kick in their two cents on Twitter. That’s why it’s there. But when you do so, you risk the wrath of Musk. And since it’s his platform, it’s his rules. He can chop off your head if he wants to.
Musk did do a poll asking if he should step down as CEO. The results of that poll were affirmative. Maybe that will be the next thing to happen.
What a long, strange trip this has been and Musk only took over the helm of Twitter on October 28. It seems like centuries ago.