Lower Saxony’s governor announced Monday that he is leaving Twitter because it is increasingly being used to preach “hate and provocation.”
If Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk gives “amnesty” to suspended accounts, experts have warned of an increase in anti-semitic vitriol.
Musk received a strong warning from a senior European Union official last week to tighten up the site’s enforcement of illicit content or risk being banned in the 27-nation EU.
While some regular users have already stopped using Twitter, policymakers have been hesitant to do so because the site is so vital to political discourse in many nations.
Lower Saxony’s governor, Stephan Weil, announced that his account would be deleted. Lower Saxony is a state in northern Germany with around 8 million residents.
In his final tweet, Weil stated that “the absence of restrictions and inadequate verification is rapidly causing the spread of hate and incitement, misinformation, and conspiracy theories.” “I don’t have to be involved with that.”
According to the German news agency dpa, the state government’s Twitter account will also be erased.
Olaf Scholz’s spokesman stated that the federal administration was currently weighing its options.
Steffen Hebestreit, the government’s spokesman, said the government was “looking very attentively” at the effects of Musk’s takeover of Twitter when reporters in Berlin asked about Weil’s choice.
We’re still seeing how it progresses, he added. And generally speaking, we will decide whether to keep using this network as a group.