Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk disagree with Twitter’s claim that it ignored child pornography content for years

Billionaires Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey publicly clashed over Twitter’s handling of child abuse in a series of tweets over the weekend.

Elon Musk, who took over as CEO in October, took to the platform on Friday to lash out at Twitter’s former executives. declares that Their refusal to take measures against child abuse for years is a crime.”

His post was in response to a user’s tweet that linked to the article New York Post. At issue is a lawsuit over Twitter’s alleged refusal to remove the images of a 13- to 14-year-old teenager who was forced to send explicit photos of herself to sex traffickers.

Twitter declined to do so because it did not believe the images violated its child abuse content policy, according to the plaintiff, who remains anonymous. The lawsuit also accused the company of profiting from the footage.

Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as CEO of Twitter in November 2021, quickly responded to Elon Musk’s tweet, writing: “This is a page”. This prompted another response from Elon Musk.

“No, it’s not like that. When Ella Irwin, who now heads the Trust and Safety department, joined Twitter earlier this year, hardly anyone was concerned with child safety.Elon Musk insisted. “He took issue with Ned & Parag [l’ancien PDG de Twitter Parag Agrawal et le directeur financier Ned Segal], but they rejected his personnel request. I immediately made it my first priority. »

Later, Elon Musk accused Parag Agrawal “Super Mixed Priorities”.

Jack Dorsey (David Becker/Getty Images)

Twitter suspends new accounts linked to child abuse

“I don’t know what happened last year. But it is not true to say that we have not taken measures for years. You can make all my mails public to check. The company took away my email access, otherwise I would have done it.”answered Jack Dorsey.

The public rift between Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey comes shortly after the revelation that cybersecurity and data analyst Andrea Stroppa, who has been working as an independent researcher on Twitter’s Trust and Security team for the past few weeks. It found that the number of accounts suspended daily by Twitter for sharing content related to child sexual exploitation and abuse has nearly doubled since Elon Musk took over as CEO of the platform.

Between December 3 and 4 alone, Ms. Stroppa confirmed, Twitter deleted 44,000. “suspicious accounts”. More than 1,300 of them tried to avoid detection “Code words and text embedded in images to communicate”.

In addition, Andrea Stroppa noted that Twitter, under Elon Musk’s leadership, has updated and simplified the way it detects child sexual abuse or exploitation content to make it more effective. “offensive”.

There is Elon Musk announced before Ending child abuse on Twitter was her number one priority.

On Thursday, December 8, three members of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Board resigned.

In a statement, Eirliani Abdul Rahman and Anne Collier, who has been a member of the Trust and Security Council since its inception in 2016, and Lesley Podesta, the niece of Democratic consultant John Podesta, chairman of the advisory board of the Center for Young and Sustainable Studies, declared that “Contrary to Elon Musk’s claims, Twitter’s security and well-being are in decline, study finds.”

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