New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has once again taken aim at billionaire Twitter CEO Elon Musk over the platform's handling of hate speech.
Ocasio-Cortez's criticism comes in response to a recent tweet from Twitter Safety, claiming that over 99 percent of the content users and advertisers see on the platform is "healthy," and that hate speech represents only a tiny fraction of the overall conversation.
In her response to the tweet, Ocasio-Cortez expressed her frustration with the platform, stating that she has experienced a surge in harassment on Twitter:
"lololol I have never experienced more harassment on this platform than I do now. People now pay to give their harassment more visibility.'
'The de-verification of journalists, civic orgs, and figures has made it impossible to follow conversations. I wish it could be usable again."
You can see her tweet below.
Musk, who acquired Twitter last fall in a massive $44 billion deal, didn't let the criticism slide. In a tweet on Tuesday night, he immediately dismissed her concerns:
"Methinks somebody doth protest too much ..."
You can see Musk's tweet below.
Musk was criticized for his response.
Twitter Safety's update on hate speech indicated that they partnered with Sprinklr, an AI-driven customer experience management platform, to assess and reduce hate speech on the platform. The results showed that hate speech impressions were 30 percent lower on average compared to before Musk's acquisition.
Ocasio-Cortez has been a vocal critic of Twitter's handling of various issues under Musk's leadership.
She previously blasted the platform for suspending journalists and accused Musk of promoting a fake Twitter account impersonating her. The progressive lawmaker also raised concerns over the platform's content moderation measures and the introduction of the Twitter Blue program, which charges users to verify their accounts.
As the debate over Twitter's policies and practices continues, Ocasio-Cortez's criticism of Musk and the platform's efforts to combat hate speech sheds light on the ongoing challenges social media platforms face in ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for users.