Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has warned of Elon Musk’s recent wave of Twitter censorship, saying the site’s barrage of account bans in recent days has put Twitter “on the road to says. authoritarianism“
In response to a post praising Musk, Buterin said Musk deploys a strategy he calls “central planning as overfitting,” and Musk said, “Earon’s take on a very specific situation. It appears to be putting it on the back burner,” he said.
The latest wave of censorship concerns began when Musk banned the account @ElonJets, which tracks Elon’s plane, and @CelebJets, which tracks the private jets of various celebrities. Such bot trackers pull and repost publicly available information. This is legal in the US.
The problem is the way the policy was introduced, which seems to take a back seat to Elon’s views on very specific situations.
But Musk saw it as a threat to personal privacy and safety and went a step further by banning the personal account of Jack Sweeney, creator of Elon Jets’ Twitter bot.The mask was implemented soon after New Twitter Policy Prohibits “tweets or accounts that share someone’s live location” unless “related to a crisis or public engagement event to support a humanitarian effort.”
The ban comes as part of a retrogressive effort to curtail live location sharing, but Musk has previously said he has no intention of banning Sweeney’s tracking account, saying:freedom of speech“
When one user countered that Musk was simply “responding to system input” by implementing a speedy ban on such tracking accounts, Buterin disputed such justification.
“If the behavior in question is to ban things, acting ‘quickly and decisively in response to the catalyst’ is the path to authoritarianism,” Buterin said. Said.
Buterin also criticized Musk’s censorship of links on competing social media website Mastodon, saying the move was “really bad”.It’s unclear why Mastodon links are now banned. However, Mastodon’s official Twitter account was similarly suspended for sharing a link to a version of the “ElonJet” account.
Twitter didn’t respond immediately Decryptionrequest for comment.
Many Twitter users appear to be against banning accounts that share their already public location information. In a poll produced by Musk with total votes over his 3.1 million, 59% of voters It said such accounts should be unbanned “now” and within a week as Musk suggested.
What kind of Twitter does Buterin prefer? It attempts objectivity instead of applying personal biases and experiences, and it doesn’t censor competing sites.
“Good policy should first be decided behind a veil of ignorance and then applied,” Buterin said.
He also said that Twitter 1 month notice Before enabling new content moderation rules.
“Banning should be done slowly and with many speed bumps, but such an approach does more harm,” said Buterin. Said.
Buterin is clearly against Twitter’s sudden ban, but he’s not necessarily in favor of chasing celebrity jets.
“What is concerning is that the style of decision-making in these bans is too close to the behavior of the previous Twitter administration, which people justifiably rebelled against,” Buterin said.
…too close to the style of behavior of the previous Twitter administration that people rightfully rebelled against.
This is not the first time Buterin has criticized the actions of world powerhouses as authoritarian.Earlier this year, Buterin aloud opposedPutin“Zombie Regime” of war in Ukraine, and El Salvador in Naive Bukele, Said “It’s not a very democratic government.” “It actually has a lot of problems.”
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