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This decision comes as the moderation of the platform’s content is sharply criticized on the left and on the right by those who accuse it of censorship and by those who reproach it for its laxity.

We believe climate skepticism shouldn’t be used to generate revenue on Twitter, and misleading ads shouldn’t distract from important conversations about the climate crisis. »

A quote from Twitter in a statement

The ads that contradict the scientific consensus on the subject will no longer pass. To arbitrate, Twitter will use data from the IPCC, the UN climate experts.

In early April, this authoritative body published new reports showing that humans are indisputably responsible for global warming, which has increased by around +1.1°C since the pre-industrial era. It should reach +1.5°C or +1.6°C around 2030, ten years earlier than previously estimated, with devastating consequences.

The major platforms are regularly accused of not sufficiently tackling misinformation, especially on sensitive topics, from politics to climate, where the implications in real life can be dramatic.

We recognize that misleading information about climate change can undermine efforts to protect the planet. »

A quote from Twitter in a statement

YouTube (Google) took similar measures at the end of 2021, while Facebook (Meta) favors highlighting indisputable scientific facts through a section devoted to the environment.

On Thursday, former US President Barack Obama called for more regulation of social media to be more accountable and transparent, saying the problem at the heart of misinformation was less what people post that the content that these platforms promote.

He gave an impassioned speech on the subject as Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla, is in the process of trying to buy Twitter to make it a private company (not listed on the stock exchange).

The richest man in the world, a great lover of provocations, jokes and mockery, believes that the network of tweets curbs freedom of expression. He promised less strict and more transparent content moderation if he gets his way.

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