Facebook Censorship Board Offers To ‘Help’ Elon Musk With Twitter

The often-criticized Facebook Oversight Board — which is fond of censorship, and upheld the politically-motivated blacklisting of former President Donald Trump last year — sent out a tweet offering to “help” Elon Musk with content moderation on Twitter.

Facebook’s censorship board, which is packed with leftists, said in a tweet that it would “welcome the opportunity to discuss Twitter’s plans” to establish independent content moderation.

“Independent oversight of content moderation has a vital role to play in building trust in platforms and ensuring users are treated fairly. This is a model we have been proving since 2020. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss Twitter’s plans in more detail with the company,” the Oversight Board tweeted in a response to Musk.

Soon after Musk officially acquired the social media company, he sent out a tweet revealing that he planned to form a “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints” to consider major account reinstatements and changes to content policies.

“Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints. No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes,” Musk wrote.

However, in subsequent tweets, the Tesla CEO appeared to have second thoughts about his plan.

In fact, Amjad Masad — CEO of software development platform Replit — made a point about Facebook’s Oversight Board and how, despite it’s supposed diversity, everyone is “still upset at them.” Musk responded to that tweet, saying that he would actually prefer to give users the ultimate ability to choose the content they see on the platform.

“Being able to select which version of Twitter you want is probably better, much as it would be for a movie maturity rating,” the Tesla CEO said, replying to Masad.

“The rating of the tweet itself could be self-selected, then modified by user feedback,” Musk added.

It used to be the norm on social media to provide the user with near-total control over filtering the content that they see in their own social media feeds — with the ‘block’ button being the ultimate tool to filter out unwelcome individuals, comments and subjects. Features such as Google’s “safe search” also allowed users to have a family-friendly version of the search engine.

All of this freedom was ultimately taken away in the mid-2010s in response to pressure from the media and left-wing advocacy groups, when social media platforms — including Twitter — began to shift to a top-down model of content moderation, using a single algorithm and a single experience imposed on every user.