After Twitter’s takeover, Elon Musk Free SpeechBusiness News Internet News April 27th 2022
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has slammed the left-liberal cabal after they had a prolonged meltdown on Twitter following his 44 billion dollar purchase of the micro-blogging platform.
“I hope even my harshest detractors stay on Twitter,” he wrote, “since that is what free expression entails.” He also compared Twitter to “a digital town square where important issues affecting humanity’s destiny are debated.” After purchasing one of the most powerful social media platforms, the world’s richest man speaks about free speech and humanity’s future, which appears to be the politically acceptable thing to do.
But it’s ironic, given that the billionaire buyer has had no qualms about using social media to aggressively promote his commercial interests as well as block and, some may say, bully opponents over the years. However, by stating what he did, Mr. Musk has brought attention to a sensitive topic for Twitter in recent years: the company’s struggle to successfully portray itself as a site where constructive dialogues may take place. Those who engage in hate speech and threaten violence frequently have full access to the network until authorities request that the objectionable tweets be removed. Whatever it did to achieve that goal — from enacting policies to using technology to detect hazardous content early — it did little to alter public perception. It’s not even necessary to contemplate its decision to permanently ban then-US President Donald Trump to see how it has come off as a concerned rather than a disinterested platform at times — its inconsistency in labelling content as dangerous would suffice.
Those who engage in hate speech or threaten violence frequently have complete access to the platform until authorities request that the inflammatory tweets be removed. Whatever it did to achieve that goal, from enacting policies to deploying technology to detect dangerous content early, it failed to influence public image. To demonstrate that it has come across as an involved actor rather than a disinterested platform at times, one need only look at its inconsistency in labelling content as harmful.
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