Could Black Twitter users be permanently moving to Spill? The social media app was trending over the weekend as Elon Musk announced new restrictions on Twitter.
Unverified Twitter users can now read no more than 600 posts per day, while new accounts can read no more than 300. The number of posts that can be read was capped higher for verified accounts, who can view no more than 6000 posts per day.
To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation, we’ve applied the following temporary limits:
– Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day
– Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day
– New unverified accounts to 300/day
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2023
Users are also no longer able to view tweets if they aren’t logged into the app. Musk touted the change as a “temporary emergency measure” to counter “data pillage.”
As a response, Black Twitter users are signing up to another social media app, Spill, according to Revolt.
The platform was started by former Twitter employees Alphonzo “Phonz” Terrell, who was the global head of social and editorial, and DeVaris Brown, a former product manager lead. Spill’s founders were among the staffers laid off shortly after Musk bought Twitter.
Spill was launched in the Apple Store in January and is currently invite-only. Tweets are swapped for spills and shift the focus on meme culture. It also presents itself as a safe space for Black users by filtering out hate speech and recognizing the contributions of the Black community in driving social media trends.
“We’re going to be more intentional and be more accurate around things that will be deemed offensive because, again, this is our lived experience or learned experience,” Brown told TechCrunch. “It’ll be much more accurate to catch those kinds of things that will detract from the platform, that would not lend to creating a safe space for our users and our creators.”
Spill is also developing its own artificial intelligence, which is being led by a diverse team of developers. This will help detect signs of online harm that communities of color have been subject to on social media platforms.
“This will probably be the first, from the ground up, large language content moderation model using AI that’s actually built by people from the culture,” Brown said, according to TechCrunch.
please know, the spill app is a safe haven for black and lgbtq+ people. keep that at the forefront. that’s how it’s staying.
— Kemi Marie (they/them) (@kemimarie) July 3, 2023
Not only was Spill created as space to foster Black culture online, but it also aims at helping creators profit from their viral content.
“Compensation starts with getting credit,” Terrell said, according to AfroTech. “Who originated this, and that’s always been a really big challenge online. So, that’s why we looked at technologies like blockchain. We can create an immutable record, regardless if you’re on the platform or not, of who created what.”