Elon Musk seeks Twitter censorship insight from activist who hailed Jussie Smollett amid race hoax

Company leader met with civic leaders to discuss Twitter's rules on "hate," "harassment"

Updated: November 2, 2022 - 5:18pm

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Newly minted Twitter owner Elon Musk this week revealed that he had sought out a noted supporter of convicted race hoaxer Jussie Smollett as part of Musk's plan to develop new content moderation rules for the social media platform. 

Musk revealed in a tweet on Tuesday that he had talked to several "civil society leaders" about "how Twitter will continue to combat hate & harassment & enforce its election integrity policies." 

Among those "leaders" was Rashad Robinson, the president of Color of Change, which bills itself as "the nation’s largest online racial justice organization." 

Robinson was among the more vocal supporters of Smollett when in early 2019 the actor staged a fake hate crime against himself for which he was ultimately convicted in court. 

"What happened to Jussie Smollett hits home for us all. And we will not be silenced," Robinson tweeted in January of that year.

"All efforts must be put towards finding those who committed this act of violence and bringing them to justice," he added .

Smollett was convicted of five felony counts related to the fake incident in December of 2021.