Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, said the company was setting up a council to make important moderation decisions within the company. In a tweet friday, Musk said the “council” will have “very diverse views” and that “no major decisions on content or account reinstatement will occur until this council meets.” A few hours later, he clarified his statement with a quote tweetexplaining that “To be very clear, we haven’t yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies,” as he fast-tracks the experience of becoming a media manager.
The tweet contains no details about what kind of views Musk is seeking on the board, how many people will be there, how they will be appointed, or how he is different from the content moderation and policy teams that have already exist in the company.
Other social media companies have tried a seemingly similar approach – Meta has its Oversight Board, which is supposed to be an independent organization that governs Facebook’s platform and moderation decisions. However, critics have raised questions about how much power the council actually has to enforce its decisions. There’s also a web of potential legislation that could dictate how tech companies can moderate their platforms, which may limit the kind of moderation decisions Twitter and other platforms can make, regardless of ideals of “freedom.” of expression” they are aiming for.