Fact check: Musk’s claim about a fall in hate speech doesn’t stand up to scrutiny
10 November 2022
CCDH shows hateful slurs including the N-word have increased on Twitter since Elon Musk's takeover. In the face of criticism about a recent rise of hateful language on Twitter, Elon Musk claimed that Twitter’s “strong commitment to content moderation remains absolutely unchanged”. He also claimed that, at times last week, hateful speech declined to “below our prior norms”. And yet, the Center for Countering Digital Hate’s analysis of data from the social media analytics tool Brandwatch shows that the week in question saw an uptick in the amount of hateful language being tweeted. Brandwatch counts retweets and quote retweets in these figures.