Mark Ruffalo pleads with Elon Musk to get off Twitter after takeover: ‘Hand over keys to someone who does’

Mark Ruffalo urges Elon Musk to focus on his approach to managing Twitter after a week of turmoil at the social media company that has seen layoffs, advertisers pause spending on ads and fear of a new subscription plan that reimagine the platform’s validation tool.

And in a series of tweets on Saturday and another on Sunday, he said that I know that’s true so far The actor engaged Musk right after US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused the platform of “sabotaging” her profile. She tweeted that it came after criticizing Musk’s plans to open up the site’s Twitter verification tool – the “blue check” badge – to anyone willing to pay $8 per month for a Twitter Blue subscription.

“Elon. Please — for the love of decency — stay off Twitter, hand the keys to someone who does this as an actual job, and keep running Tesla and SpaceX,” Ruffalo tweeted a quote From the allegations of Representative Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday. You are destroying your credibility. It’s not just looking good.”

Discussions about how the platform handles free speech issues — more specifically the moderation of hate speech and criticism of the new Twitter owner — have increased in the week since he officially took over the site. Since then, Musk has fired prominent leaders and laid off thousands of employees around the world just days before the 2022 midterm elections. This includes members of the human rights, accessibility, AI ethics, communications and regulation teams, who tweeted about their layoffs on Friday, Take Crunch mentioned.

In response to Ruffalo’s tweet, Musk replied that “not everything AOC says is accurate.” (The Hollywood Reporter Reached on Twitter for comment.)

While Ruffalo replied “Maybe it is,” the representative went on to point out that recent disruptions to the platform and tweaks to some features, such as verification, make it hard to discern. “That’s why having strong filters for misinformation and trusted users has been a popular feature for people and advertisers alike,” he said. “We need these safeguards to make sure it’s accurate information, or the app loses credibility, as you do. And people leave.”

With what’s known about Musk’s proposed Twitter Blue Verification plan, anyone who pays $8 a month will be able to purchase a verification badge without having to verify that their identity matches the one attached to their account. In 2009, Tony La Russa sued Twitter by Tony La Russa, a former MLB player and then manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, over allegations that someone had registered and started posting offensive comments.

last week, pacific rim And the gray man Actor Rob Kazinksy has raised concerns about how someone might be able to impersonate the actor – as someone previously said – Interact with the palace through the platform. (The actor, who was not specific about the platform contacted, stated that he did not have social media at the time and that one of those kids who allegedly impersonated him had contacted him.)

On Sunday, Musk also addressed the impersonation issue after several actors with verified accounts changed their profile name to his own in an effort to underscore the potential to confuse or manipulate regular Twitter users with the platform’s upcoming verification expansion. Actors impersonating Musk included to make the point Hot in Cleveland And the One day at a time Valerie Bertinelli – who was trending as a result – Roswell And the night shift Actress Brendan Fair, comedian and actress Kathy Griffin suspended.

“From now on, any Twitter engagement that engages in impersonation without identifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

In his series of tweets, Musk noted that users had previously received impersonation warnings before their accounts were suspended. He now suggests that not only is this policy no longer in effect, but that any name change whatsoever will be reviewed. “Previously, we issued a warning before suspending, but now that we’ve started implementing extensive verification, there will be no warning,” he said. “Any change in the name whatsoever will result in a temporary loss of the validated check mark.”

In Fehr’s response to the account closings early Sunday, he confirmed he had changed his name again before adding, “Don’t worry, he’s still totally fine with anyone tweeting irresponsible lies and conspiracies, so it’s all good and logical.”

Users, ex-employees, and advertisers also raised concerns in the days before the layoffs and since about the impact of the mass loss of employees in the company on the usability and safety of the platform. On Friday, Musk wrote on Twitter that Twitter had seen a “massive drop in revenue,” and asserted that the reason was “due to activist groups pressure on advertisers, although nothing has changed with the content modification and we’ve done everything we can to keep activists happy.” ( Advertising was 89 percent of Twitter’s revenue last year).

In November. 1, Politico It reported that IPG’s Mediabrands, one of the four largest advertising companies, was advising customers to put their Twitter ads on hold. In response to a November 4 tweet suggesting that those companies “should be named and shamed,” Musk tweeted, “A thermonuclear name and shame is exactly what will happen if this continues.”

On Sunday, Ruffalo responded to Musk, writing, “These forces are protecting their brands and their customers from misinformation and intolerance from which those you’ve laid off protect us from. I’ve cracked down on any way to protect ourselves from fake accounts. It’s just smart business. Please don’t go. “Thermonuclear” is upon us, chief tweeter.

Update 4:23 p.m. Sunday, November 6: Musk’s tweet added.

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