Musk Fact-Checks Schiff After Lawmaker Claims ‘Slurs’ Against Black People, Women, Jewish People & Gay Men are ‘Up’ on Twitter

[Image: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) -- CNN YouTube video screenshot. Twitter CEO Elon Musk -- TED YouTube video screenshot. TFT compilation].

Twitter’s CEO Elon Musk fact-checked Adam Schiff Thursday after the California Democrat congressman claimed on the social media platform that “slurs” against “Black people”; “women”; “Jewish people”; and “gay men” are “up”.

Musk responded to Schiff’s post on Twitter, telling the far-left House member that “hate speech impressions are actually down by 1/3”.

“On Elon Musk’s Twitter: – Slurs against Black people have tripled- Slurs against women are up 33% – Slurs against Jewish people are up 61% – And slurs against gay men are up 58%”, Rep. Schiff claimed.

“These numbers are abysmal – and unacceptable. Today, Rep. Mark Takano and I are demanding action,” he wrote.

Musk reacted by fact-checking the progressive lawmaker, replying, “False, hate speech impressions are actually down by 1/3 for Twitter now vs prior to acquisition @CommunityNotes”.

Takano and Schiff delivered a letter to Elon Musk Thursday “urging him to take action to combat the rise in dangerous hate speech on Twitter”.

Musk, last month, congratulated the Twitter team for being able to reduce hate speech on the social media platform by over one third.

According to Musk, this decline in hate speech is due to Twitter’s restriction on number of tweets that can be posted in a day and per hour. A user can send 2,400 tweets per day and not more than 100 per hour. He said, “Reducing the max allowed tweets/day to a number below what a speed typist on meth could do was helpful.”

Since Musk took over Twitter in a $44 billion acquisition, he has enacted various efforts to promote “free speech” on the platform, such as removing the COVID-19 misinformation policy, cutting key staff involved in content moderation, and re-platforming banned accounts.

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