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Christopher Rufo looks at Yoel Roth's academic publications and concludes 'dude's research background is wild'

On Halloween, Elon Musk recommended that everyone on Twitter follow Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of Trust and Safety. Conservatives asked Musk to rethink that recommendation. Roth has had some very interesting opinions about Republicans and conservatives, tweeting that “I’m just saying, we fly over those states that voted for a racist tangerine for a reason,” among many others. A little more than a week later, Roth left the company, but we sure are learning a lot about the work he did at Twitter from messages on the company’s Slack channels.


We know this came up earlier, but Roth has a Ph.D. in communication, and his dissertation took a good look at the gay hook-up app Grindr. We’re cool with Roth being gay, but it’s interesting to see the works he had published before taking over Trust and Safety at Twitter.

From 2017’s “No fats, no femmes, no privacy?”:

Racism, ageism, body shaming, and femmephobia are common tropes in user profiles on gay-targeted social networking sites. The blog Douchebags of Grindr is dedicated to the task of chronicling this perceived misbehavior, posting screenshots of offensive profies for public view and ridicule. Do websites like Douchebags of Grindr breach the expected sociotechnological boundaries of gay social networking services, decontectualizing and resharing personal information without permission?

2014 saw the publication of “Locating the ‘Scruff Guy’: Theorizing body and space in gay geosocial media.”

From 2012:



We suppose Rufo is engaging in “stochastic terrorism” by riling up his followers to commit violence against Roth. We don’t care if Roth is super, super gay or not, but it does make us wonder why accounts like Libs of TikTok were so heavily on the radar of the people with their fingers on the “suspend” button.


And then there’s this:


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