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Elon Musk has tweeted a link to an unfounded rumor about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband – just days after buying the platform, raising fears it no longer seeks to curb misinformation and hate speech.

The tweet, which he later deleted, linked to an article from the Santa Monica Observer, a news outlet that previously said Hillary Clinton died on 9/11 and was replaced by a lookalike.

In this case, the article recycled an unsubstantiated claim that the personal life of Paul Pelosi, the House Speaker’s husband, had somehow played a role in a intruder attack at the couple’s home in San Francisco.

Musk replied to a tweet from Mrs. Clinton.

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She had criticized Republicans for generally spreading “deranged hate and conspiracy theories” and said, “It’s shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result.”

In response, Musk posted a link to the fringe website and added, “There is a small possibility that there is more to this story than meets the eye.”

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Nancy and Paul Pelosi pictured in 2018

San Francisco police say the suspect in last week’s attack, identified as David DePape, 42, broke into the Pelosi family home in Pacific Heights early Friday and confronted Mr. Pelosi, demanding to know, “Where’s Nancy?”

The pair fought over a hammer before officers responding to a 911 call to the home saw DePape hit Mr. Pelosi at least once, police said.

DePape was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, elder abuse and burglary. Prosecutors plan to file charges on Monday and expect him to be arraigned on Tuesday.

A police officer rolls out more yellow tape on the closed street below the home of Nancy and Paul Pelosi
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A police officer rolls out more yellow tape on the closed street below the home of Nancy and Paul Pelosi

Police say the attack was “intentional” and not random, but have not publicly stated what they believe to be the motive.

The exchange between Musk and Mrs Clinton came a day after Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security and integrity, said the company’s policies regarding ‘insults’ and ‘hateful conduct’ were still in place.

Shortly after Musk took over Twitter, some accounts on the platform began tweeting messages ranging from racial slurs to political misinformation, like “Trump won,” to see what will be tolerated.

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Mr Musk said on Friday he would form a “content moderation board” and promised advertisers the site would not turn into a “free-for-all hellscape”.

This despite describing himself as a “free speech absolutist”.

However, at least one major advertiser, General Motors, has said it will pause advertising on Twitter while it monitors the direction of the platform under Musk.

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