LeBron James says Elon Musk has to deal with ‘frightening AF’ surge in N-word use on Twitter

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  • The use of the N-word on Twitter jumped almost 500% after the acquisition of Elon Musk, according to the Washington Post.

  • Responding to an Insider article, NBA star LeBron James said Musk needs to “take this very seriously.”

  • In a tweet, James called the rise of N-Word usage “scary AF.”

NBA star LeBron James on Saturday urged new Twitter owner Elon Musk to address the “frightening AF” rise in the use of the N-Word on the social media platform .

Tweeter In response to an Insider article, which cited Washington Post reporting on the increased use of racial slurs immediately following Musk’s $44 billion acquisition, James urged Musk to “take this very seriously.”

James wrote: “I don’t know Elon Musk and, tbh, I don’t care who owns Twitter. But I will say if this is true I hope he and his people take this very seriously because it is scary AF.

“So many unfit people say hate speech is free speech.”

The insider report refers to the findings of the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI). This research group analyzes social media content to predict emerging threats, which said that use of the N-word on Twitter increased nearly 500% within 12 hours of Musk’s deal being finalized.

A follow-up report from Bloomberg found a 1,300% increase in slurs used on the social media platform after news broke that Musk had made the deal on Twitter. Bloomberg reported that at its peak, the N-word popped up on Twitter 170 times every five minutes.

The Washington Post report said anonymous accounts appeared to be trying to assess the limit of Twitter’s moderation policies after “free speech absolutist” Musk bought it. The newspaper noted that several online trolling accounts called out others for using racist language in the wake of the deal.

“Elon now controls Twitter. Free the racial slurs. K—S AND N—–S,” said an anonymous account, using slurs for Jews and black people, according to the outlet.

Twitter has also been inundated with misogynistic and anti-LGBTQ posts, according to the outlet, with online trolls apparently carrying out “tests” on Twitter’s moderation policies under new owner Musk.

Musk tweeted on Friday that Twitter would form a “content moderation board with widely diverse views.” The billionaire added that major decisions on moderation would not be made before the board meeting.

Musk said in a later tweet that “we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies”.

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