Twitter owner Elon Musk said the social platform needs to become “the most accurate source of information.”
Critics pointed out that Musk shared an inaccurate story about the attack on Paul Pelosi last week.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also weighed in on the conversation.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday tweeted that his goal was to make Twitter “the most accurate” media platform, but critics say the billionaire has made decisions on the platform that he suggests otherwise.
“Twitter needs to become by far the most accurate source of information about the world. That’s our mission.” Musk tweeted Sunday evening. He also shared a similar sentiment in a November 2 tweetin which he said Twitter would become the most accurate news source “without regard to political affiliation.”
Critics were quick to point out that days earlier Musk had linked to inaccurate news following the October 28 attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, in which an intruder broke into her San Francisco home and struck Paul Pelosi with a hammer. Pelosi was released from the hospital Thursday after being admitted with a skull fracture following the attack.
On October 30, in response to a Hillary Clinton tweet denouncing the attack, Musk shared a link to a website that promoted conspiracy theories about the attack, including one that falsely claimed the attacker was a male prostitute hired by Pelosi.
“There is a tiny possibility, there might be more to this story than meets the eye,” Musk repliedlinking to a site with the headline, “The Awful Truth: Paul Pelosi Was Drunk Again, And In a Dispute With a Male Prostitute Early Friday Morning.”
Musk later deleted the tweet.
MSNBC journalist and political commentator Mehdi Hasan was one of dozens of accounts on Sunday evening that pointed to Musk’s distribution of the unsubstantiated article.
“Literally a week ago today, Musk posted a link to a fake news website (that once suggested Hillary Clinton was dead and had been replaced by a body double),” Hasan wrote on Twitter. “Worse, he then deleted that tweet without explanation or apology. But sure, his ‘mission’ is accurate information.”
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also replied to Musk’s tweet, asking “accurate to who?”
Musk replied to Dorsey, saying that he would base accuracy on “the people of Twitter via Community Notes,” which is a feature that allows Twitter to add context to posts they consider misleading.
Musk did not provide detailed information on how he plans to improve accuracy on the site.
Dorsey also tweeted that making the site “more informative,” rather than the “most accurate” would be a better goal for the platform.
The notes feature, originally called Birdwatch, has been used on a Musk tweet before. On Friday, users added context to a tweet Musk had shared about “activist groups pressuring advertisers” to pause their ads on Twitter.
Over the past week, Musk has shared many wide-ranging plans for the platform, including the monetization of creator-made content, a new verification subscription model, and new rules regarding accounts that impersonate other users.
Representatives for Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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