Dec. 23, 2022
Best of the Week — First Winner
Sources give AP tech team a beat on a critical Twitter story
Matt O'Brien and Barbara Ortutay anticipated that Elon Musk might disband Twitter's Trust and Safety Council, a group of external advisors who helped the platform with complicated content moderation -- and they broke the story as a result.
O'Brien, based in Providence, and New York-based Ortutay concluded after billionaire Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion that the trust council’s future was in doubt.
They kept contact with members of the group, which included around 100 independent civil, human rights and other organizations, and noted the date when the council was next scheduled to meet.
When the council finally was disbanded via email, their multiple sources reached out with a copy, and AP was first with the story.
For foresight and source work that made the scoop possible, O’Brien and Ortutay are Best of the Week – 1st Winner.