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The X Files: Leaked documents reveal how staff were stripped of power to remove toxic content

Internal documents show how X content moderators are no longer authorised to take action against accounts posting racist, sexist, and homophobic content

Elon Musk: Last week, Bloomberg reported that X’s advertising revenues are set to slump almost $1.5 billion in 2023 compared to the previous year. Picture: Getty

In December 2022, a group of journalists chosen by Elon Musk published documents that purported to show how a handful of senior staff at Twitter made key decisions about online political speech, based partly on their own liberal bias.

The “Twitter Files” caused uproar among right-wing thinkers, who said it showed that the social media platform had distorted public discourse and suppressed those whose world view it deemed unpalatable.

Now, documents obtained by the Business Post show how X has radically dialled back its trust and safety policies under the ownership of Musk – allowing users to remain on the platform even after posting abusive content, and stripping moderators of the ability to take action against these accounts.