"Alarm At Exodus Of Climate Voices On Twitter After Musk Takeover"

"Half of regular green tweeters abandoned platform after its sale and cuts to moderation, analysis finds".

"Half of people regularly tweeting about the climate and nature crises abandoned Twitter after it was taken over by Elon Musk, according to new analysis.

The researchers said Twitter, now renamed X, had previously been the leading social media platform for environmental discussion and the decline was “troubling”. They said the “exodus of environmental users on Twitter is an existential threat” to a main way of informing people who want to take climate action.

Musk, who has called himself a “free speech absolutist”, radically cut Twitter’s content moderation staff after the takeover, which began in April 2022 and was finalised in October 2022.

Reports have found rising climate change dis- and misinformation on the platform and a dramatic increase in hate speech. Scientists and others told the Guardian in December that there had been a surge in debunked climate change denialist talking points on Twitter since the Musk takeover."

Damian Carrington reports for the Guardian August 15, 2023.


Source: Guardian, 08/16/2023