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Santa Clara County district attorney to leave Twitter due to hate speech, calls on other DAs to follow suit

Research shows spike in racist, homophobic speech after Elon Musk became owner of social media giant

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Monday that he will deactivate his office's Twitter account due to the recent rise in hate speech on the platform.

Jeff Rosen. Courtesy Jeff Rosen.

In a statement, Rosen called on other district attorneys around the country to leave Twitter in an effort to stand against racist and homophobic speech.

Research from the Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Anti-Defamation League found that the use of slurs against Black people, Jewish people and gay and transgender people spiked on the platform in the first full week after Tesla CEO Elon Musk became the owner of Twitter.

In addition, the ADL found a 61.3-percent increase in antisemitic tweets referencing "Jews or Judaism" during the two weeks following Musk's takeover of Twitter in late October, compared to the two weeks prior.

Rosen also noted that Musk himself has posted tweets that include the Pepe the Frog meme, which is not explicitly antisemitic but is frequently used by online antisemites and the alt-right.

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"Every American has a moral obligation to fight against hate speech. There are many ways to do that, large and small," Rosen said. "Here's one way: Quit Twitter. My Office — the largest prosecutor's office in Northern California — is quitting Twitter."

Rosen also cited Twitter lifting its ban on some 62,000 accounts that were previously banned for, among other things, misogyny, racism, transphobia and other hate speech.

Musk has argued in favor of this "general amnesty" for previously banned accounts in the name of free speech.

"Many of these handles were previously banned by Twitter because they spread hatred and bigotry," Rosen said. "Now they are back. That is not free speech. It is a cynical marketing strategy."

Rosen said his office's account will be officially deactivated on Tuesday. The office will maintain its Facebook page at facebook.com/SantaClaraDA.

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Santa Clara County district attorney to leave Twitter due to hate speech, calls on other DAs to follow suit

Research shows spike in racist, homophobic speech after Elon Musk became owner of social media giant

by Eli Walsh / Bay City News Service

Uploaded: Tue, Dec 6, 2022, 9:21 am

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Monday that he will deactivate his office's Twitter account due to the recent rise in hate speech on the platform.

In a statement, Rosen called on other district attorneys around the country to leave Twitter in an effort to stand against racist and homophobic speech.

Research from the Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Anti-Defamation League found that the use of slurs against Black people, Jewish people and gay and transgender people spiked on the platform in the first full week after Tesla CEO Elon Musk became the owner of Twitter.

In addition, the ADL found a 61.3-percent increase in antisemitic tweets referencing "Jews or Judaism" during the two weeks following Musk's takeover of Twitter in late October, compared to the two weeks prior.

Rosen also noted that Musk himself has posted tweets that include the Pepe the Frog meme, which is not explicitly antisemitic but is frequently used by online antisemites and the alt-right.

"Every American has a moral obligation to fight against hate speech. There are many ways to do that, large and small," Rosen said. "Here's one way: Quit Twitter. My Office — the largest prosecutor's office in Northern California — is quitting Twitter."

Rosen also cited Twitter lifting its ban on some 62,000 accounts that were previously banned for, among other things, misogyny, racism, transphobia and other hate speech.

Musk has argued in favor of this "general amnesty" for previously banned accounts in the name of free speech.

"Many of these handles were previously banned by Twitter because they spread hatred and bigotry," Rosen said. "Now they are back. That is not free speech. It is a cynical marketing strategy."

Rosen said his office's account will be officially deactivated on Tuesday. The office will maintain its Facebook page at facebook.com/SantaClaraDA.

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roaksinri
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another community
on Dec 6, 2022 at 2:36 pm
roaksinri, another community
Registered user
on Dec 6, 2022 at 2:36 pm

Rosen is a decent enough DA against real crimes but is an egregious grandstander whenever a headline features him prominently. Free Speech by definition will be offensive speech to somebody. It's a slippery slope- the speech police = the thought police. How far away are we from tracking down and punishing people for thought crimes? It's already being done in the workplace with the whole pronouns mandate.


JAFO
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Old Mountain View
on Dec 6, 2022 at 3:16 pm
JAFO, Old Mountain View
Registered user
on Dec 6, 2022 at 3:16 pm

Just an Observation,

Now that Meta, Alphabet, and Twitter are on their way to closure, it might not matter.

In any event, the fact that ALL MODERATORS are fired will kill any Section 230 protections, that is why these attorneys are getting ready. The facts are they lost their immunity from lawsuits and the sharks are ready, they smell blood.

You might just not be aware that this is a problem and the courts will address it. Sorry if you invested in any of them.


J Randall
Registered user
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 6, 2022 at 4:10 pm
J Randall, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
Registered user
on Dec 6, 2022 at 4:10 pm

We the People are the solution to online hate speech, not misinformation boards and censorship.


JAFO
Registered user
Old Mountain View
on Dec 6, 2022 at 7:33 pm
JAFO, Old Mountain View
Registered user
on Dec 6, 2022 at 7:33 pm

Just an Observation,

Unfortunately mob mentality can be manipulated. Remember Adolph Hitler gained power through propaganda. THe same thing with Richard Nixon. And of course Donald trump used this system to manipulate people.

The facts are we have a flooding of misinformation in a system that actually has very little policing. You should watch Viva Frie, Alex jones and Dinesh Dsousa on Youtube.

The facts are without establishing compliance systems to filter out disinformation, you are going to have these people buy access to the internet and convince people into so many conspiracies, like Pizzagate, the big lie, and even still encouraging the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquin.

This is the danger Carl sagan warned us about in the book the Deamon Haunted World. And he warned us in 1993


J Randall
Registered user
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2022 at 12:41 pm
J Randall, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
Registered user
on Dec 7, 2022 at 12:41 pm

“Sagan states that when new ideas are offered for consideration, they should be tested by means of skeptical thinking and should stand up to rigorous questioning.”


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