X, formerly known on Twitter, is beefing up its content moderation team, but not completely.
According to Bloomberg, the company is hiring 100 employees for a “trust and safety center of excellence” in Austin, TX. After Elon Musk took over the platform in 2022, he fired around 80 percent of the company and gutted the content moderation team. The new team will focus on enforcing the platform’s rules around violence and hate speech, and specifically combating CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation).
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The timing of this report comes days before X CEO Linda Yaccarino is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a audience on protecting children online. On Friday, January 26, X published a blog post describing their work to “address child sexual exploitation” on the platform.
As a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” Musk bought the platform to create a digital plaza by rolling back policies and efforts that he believed hindered free speech. However, this soon turned X into an even more toxic place, causing high value advertisers to leave the platform and the valuation will plummet.
Is the development of a content moderation headquarters a sign of positive change for the platform? According to 2020 NEW harsh reportTwitter used to have around 1,500 content moderators, so a team of 100 is a pittance compared to what it used to be. Yaccarino will no doubt have more to say on the matter at the Jan. 31 hearing.