Elon Musk, the new “Chief Twit” of social media giant Twitter, has addressed LeBron James’ concerns over the reported sudden increase in racial slurs posted on the social media platform.
Musk, who recently acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal, James replied on Sunday with a retweet of the response from Chief Security and Integrity Officer Yoel Roth regarding the reported increase in slurs and derogatory terms being posted on the site.
Roth wrote that the increase came in the past 48 hours from “a small number” of accounts posting “a ton of tweets.”
“Over 50,000 tweets repeatedly using a particular slur came from just 300 accounts,” Roth tweeted.
“Almost all of these accounts are inauthentic,” Roth continued. “We’ve taken steps to ban users involved in this trolling campaign – and we’ll continue to work to fix it in the days ahead to make Twitter safe and welcoming for everyone.”
The NBA Superstar tweeted his concern over the reports on Saturday, writing that he hopes Musk and Twitter “take this very seriously.”
On Friday, Musk reiterated that Twitter’s policies have yet to change since he took over, writing, “To be very clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies. “
The Network Contagion Research Institute says, “Evidence suggests that bad actors are trying to test the limits of @Twitter. Several posts on 4chan encourage users to amplify derogatory slurs.”