Before she was one of the thousands of employees Musk laid off from Twitter at the end of last year, Melissa Ingle worked on a team responsible for civic integrity and tackling the spread of political misinformation on the platform. She also wrote algorithms to moderate harmful content. Ingle, who is now a senior data scientist at an IT company, said she couldn’t believe how bad these problems are now.
“The things that we were protecting against then are exactly the things that we’re seeing all over the site right now,” she said. “When it comes to political misinformation, you have to be on top of that stuff at all times, or it just spreads everywhere.”
And so the sources of all the how bad Twitter is stories. Elon laid off 6,000 or so highly vocal tossers. All these pieces are being written by talking to some subset of these tossers.
Hey, Twitter might well be worse than it was. Could be. But “Ms. I Got Laid Off” ain’t a good source.