Despite the fact that Elon Musk doesn’t have his new toy, he’s going big on Twitter

After a major blunder on Twitter on Sunday by the company’s new owner Elon Musk, however, he is continuing his plans for big layoffs that could create even more content problems.

Musk has already asked managers for lists of employees to lay off in a cost-cutting move at Twitter, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal reported. Sources have claimed he plans to cut the 7,500-strong workforce by up to 75% – although Musk has denied this to his employees.

The cuts could be closer to 50 percent, the Washington Post reported Saturday. One of the first to be cut will likely be the legal, trust and security department, which oversees content moderation, according to the Post.

The cuts seem likely to boost controversial content, including porn, misinformation and hate speech, as a large number of posts would go largely unchecked.

Musk personally became part of the content problem on Sunday when he reinforced in a post — which he later deleted — a completely baseless conspiracy theory about Friday’s vicious home attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“There’s a small chance there’s more to this story than meets the eye,” Musk posted. It linked to an article falsely claiming that Pelosi’s attacker was a lover she had met at a bar late at night. Police said unequivocally that Paul Pelosi and assault suspect David DePape they had never met before the attack.

Musk is already struggling to take control of Twitter.

Several users who had been banned for violating various company rules, including those against racist hate speech and falsehoods, have reportedly sneaked back to Twitter since Musk took over on Thursday.

Problematic content has also skyrocketed. The Network Contagion Research Institute, which analyzes messages on social media platforms, found that the use of the racist N-word on Twitter increased almost 500% in the 12 hours after Musk bought the company, the Washington Post reported last week.

Calf on Friday he tweeted that it would not make “major content decisions or account restorations” until a new “content oversight board” was convened.

Musk has criticized Twitter’s content restrictions in the past, calling them biased and unjustified censorship. But unlimited content could be bad for his new business and in some cases leave Twitter vulnerable to lawsuits.

Musk tried to reassure advertisers in a message last week that Twitter won’t become a “free-for-all.” But he already seems to be struggling with that promise.

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