MIT reports that Twitter has lost more than a million users since its acquisition by Elon Musk

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A week after Elon Musk took over Twitter, the social media platform reportedly lost over a million followers.

“We’ve seen an increase in people deactivating their accounts and also banning accounts from Twitter,” said Christopher Bouzy, founder of anti-misinformation and bot tracking platform Bot Sentinel.

MIT Technology Review reported that Bot Sentinel analyzed 3.1 million accounts on Twitter and “estimates that between October 27 and November 1, approximately 877,000 accounts were deactivated and another 497,000 were suspended. That’s more than double the usual number. ”

Bot Sentinel’s analysis looked at a percentage of users with deactivated or suspended accounts before applying that percentage to the total of 237 million “daily active users earn” on Twitter. Based on the 5,958 accounts suspended or canceled the week before Musk’s acquisition, this suggests a 208% increase in lost accounts

“We also believe the increased suspension is due to Twitter taking action against accounts that intentionally break Twitter’s rules to see if they can push the boundaries of” free speech, “Bouzy told MIT Technology Review. It believes that some users verify what it does and does not stay informed, such as hate speech messages.

The rise of hate speech on Twitter comes after the company paused some of its moderation tools, Bloomberg reported. What was once hundreds of employees deleting posts is now a team of 15 on Twitter, all as part of a “business transition to reduce internal risk opportunities,” tweeted Yoel Roth, head of security and the integrity of Twitter. Neither Musk nor Twitter confirmed the findings of MIT Technology Review or Bot Sentinel.

“I think if users keep deactivating their accounts en masse, it will become a significant issue for the platform,” Bouzy said. “When left-wing and marginalized people leave the platform, Twitter will be no different than Parler or Truth Social.”

Musk’s first week on Twitter has sparked controversy after controversy, beginning with the widespread firing of the former Twitter executive and legal team, followed by a plan of monthly payments to ensure user verification. Musk then confirmed that the process for reviving suspended accounts wouldn’t be ready until after the midterm elections, and quieted talk about what former President Donald Trump’s potential return to the platform could mean for people. mid-term.

Less than half of Twitter employees were laid off on Friday. Five employees are suing the company for violating California labor laws, which require large employers with more than 100 employees to give 60 days notice of mass layoffs. Former Attorney General nominee Shannon Liss-Riordan has filed the class action lawsuit against Twitter, reported.
On Monday, verified users who changed their name to “Elon Musk” were hit with bans, including comedian Kathy Griffin. Other comedians like Sarah Silverman had their accounts temporarily suspended on Sunday after changing their name to Musk and tweeting, “I’m totally free to speak and eat Doody for breakfast everyday.”

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