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Free-speech advocates have made it known that they are very enthusiastic about the world’s richest man bringing Twitter under new ownership or perhaps creating a new platform altogether.
Elon Musk, the visionary and sometimes controversial or quirky entrepreneur who is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, got the ball rolling on Friday when he took a poll of his nearly 80 million followers on Twitter.
The billionaire has previously described himself as a free speech absolutist.
“Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy,” Musk tweeted. “Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?” Then he followed this up with “The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.”
With about two million responses, 70 percent voted no to his question.
Elon Musk perks ears with ‘free speech’ poll and cryptic message on ‘consequences’ https://t.co/wTXk61XhTg
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 25, 2022
On Saturday, Musk transmitted additional social media messaging that inspired many to encourage him to move forward.
“Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?,” he asked. He also wondered “Is a new platform needed?,” an inquiry which sparked the imagination of many of his followers.
Is a new platform needed?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 26, 2022
When asked if he would consider building a new social media platform, Musk replied that he was “giving serious thought to this.”
Am giving serious thought to this
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 27, 2022
Far-left Big Tech has often been accused of selective and ideology-based enforcement of its often-vague terms and conditions against those on the right, and even in the center, as part of the broader cancel culture.
Those who don’t conform to a corporatist and globalist agenda have found themselves suspended or banned outright. Allegations of “misinformation,” among others, have generally become a catchall justification.
YouTube suspends Right Side Broadcasting Network ahead of planned livestream of Trump rally https://t.co/XJuz7qi8sB
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 23, 2022
Twitter has also been accused of throttling or shadow banning disfavored tweets or accounts or artificially making some topics trend.
Several platforms have obviously emerged that are trying to gain traction as Twitter alternatives. Trump’s new communication channel, Truth Social, is currently experiencing a slow rollout.
Many armchair First Amendments experts or would-be experts on social media insist that a private company like YouTube can make its own access rules.
If, however, a Big Tech network operates as an arm of the government, such as in an effort to suppress political opposition to the Biden administration, constitutional freedom of speech protection arguably would apply.
Elon Musk takes exception to Biden’s snub of Tesla during SOTU, serves ‘damp sock puppet’ a reminder https://t.co/IJ79cYMhWb
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 2, 2022
“Twitter previously took part in the widespread effort to suppress the New York Post’s bombshell reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election, which was authenticated by The New York Times last week,” Fox Business observed.
According to some opinion polls, tamping down the Hunter Biden scandal had an impact on the 2020 presidential election outcome.
As alluded to above, many influencers and others are implicitly telling Musk that it’s go time for him to cut a check. Here is a sampling:
Buy this one!!!
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 26, 2022
Yes. Buy twitter or please build one. Save the country from these psycho Silicon Valley libs
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) March 26, 2022
Elon, buy twitter https://t.co/z0f1C5GwLH
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) March 26, 2022
Elon Musk may be the one guy who can save free speech in America.
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) March 26, 2022
It must be done https://t.co/242xkFMvRi
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 26, 2022
When you buy twitter, after stopping the shadow banning and censorship of health facts, can we get an edit button and go back to 120 characters?
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) March 27, 2022
Elon you need to meet with me. I can lay out what you and only you can do to fix indoctrination and censorship in education, media and entertainment in one blow. DM me please.
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) March 26, 2022
Buy Twitter and fix it!
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) March 26, 2022
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 26, 2022
$30B – Twitter’s market cap
$270B – Elon Musk net worth
11% of Elon’s net worth.
— Jeremy Padawer (@JeremyCom) March 27, 2022
If you build it they will come.
— Susie ₿ (@SusieBdds) March 27, 2022
yes.. but if it’s a platform. The existing big three are publishers pretending to be platforms. That’s the problem.
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) March 26, 2022
If it supports free speech, yes. https://t.co/X9g4knfoBw
— rider writer®♦️ (@HBwriterMike) March 26, 2022
Buy Twitter and fix the mess they’ve made of it. The tools are here, just get rid of the activists misusing them. 🤷🏼♀️
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) March 26, 2022
Doesn’t sound very balanced
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 26, 2022
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