Online extremism expert warns 'we're headed down a slippery slope' as Elon Musk takes over Twitter

An expert in finding extremist content says "we're headed down a slippery slope" with Elon Musk now at the helm of social media giant Twitter. 

Coalition for a safer web vice president Eric Feinberg told AM Kanye West's return to Twitter is a concerning milestone following his anti-Semitic remarks earlier this month. 

"What's next? President Trump who was basically responsible for one of the most vicious attacks here in the United States on January 6."

And while Musk said he had nothing to do with reinstating West's account he did highlight that Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with "widely diverse viewpoints".

But Feinberg says the only way the council can be credible is if it has subject matter experts like himself. 

Mere hours after Elon Musk kicked off a new era at Twitter Inc, the billionaire owner was deluged with pleas and demands from banned account holders and world leaders.

The flood of requests underscore the challenge the CEO of electric car maker Tesla Inc faces, balancing a promise to restore free speech while preventing the platform from descending into a "hellscape," as he had vowed in an open letter to advertisers on Thursday.

Former US President Donald Trump, who was permanently banned from Twitter over accusations of inciting violence after the Jan. 6, 2021 capitol riots, welcomed the takeover but said little about a return to Twitter. "I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs who truly hate our country," he wrote.

Dmitry Medvedev, former Russia president and current deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, tweeted his congratulations: "Good luck @elonmusk in overcoming political bias and ideological dictatorship on Twitter. And quit that Starlink in Ukraine business."

Others asked Musk to reverse penalties inflicted by the social media platform. In response to @catturd2, an anonymous account with 852,000 followers, known for being a big supporter of Trump's election fraud claims, and who said they were "shadowbanned," Musk tweeted "I will be digging in more today."

Watch the above video for the full interview with Eric Feinberg.