So what really happened when Twitter played doctor for the coronavirus pandemic? Elon Musk says the world will know.
Musk was asked by a Twitter user on Sunday if there would be an exposé about how the social media giant rallied ’round the party line during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Oh it is coming bigtime,” Musk replied.
In a piece published Dec. 3, Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle wrote that Musk’s vow not to repeat the COVID censorship model is the right call.
“I understand the temptation to simply say ‘Shut up and go away’ rather than try to argue people away from beliefs I considered to be poorly evidenced and dangerous. I gave in to that temptation more than once. Unfortunately, I now suspect this did more harm than good — and all the more so when it was official corporate policy rather than criticism from a frazzled columnist,” she wrote.
“For one thing, moderators aren’t good at determining what constitutes actual misinformation. A lot of the dangerous nonsense about covid that circulated on social media came from the same public health experts social media companies were using as arbiters,” she wrote.
She wrote that the partnership between “public health experts” and social media executives was a breeding ground for suspicions.