Some on the left are melting down that Elon Musk bought up 9.2 percent of the shares of Twitter and is on the board. It’s also brought a lot of excitement on the right, with people hoping that he’ll fix some of the censoring issues related to Twitter — and maybe even unban President Donald Trump.
But there’s one hilarious take that’s worth noting to show their ridiculous hypocrisy on the matter, and it comes from the Washington Post.
“Elon Musk’s vision of ‘free speech’ will be bad for Twitter,” the article by Ellen Pao blared. Yes, because free speech — not the narrative they push — would be a very bad thing for them. “Highly disconcerting – a slap in the face, even.” She attacked him for being a “free-speech absolutist” who wanted to do less to restrict speech.
“Twitter made strides to remove hate and harassment and to give users more control over how they share their opinions… It added features that let users limit who could reply to their tweets, created labels for misleading content and banned President Donald Trump’s account. After all that, bringing Musk onto the board seems like a big step backward,” Pao wrote. “He can bend the company toward his preferences, removing reasonable policies on hateful speech and urging people who are harassed to have thicker skins.”
She continued, “Musk’s appointment to Twitter’s board shows that we need regulation of social-media platforms to prevent rich people from controlling our channels of communication. For starters, we need consistent definitions of harassment and of content that violates personal privacy. Most companies, I suspect, would welcome such regulations… If platforms continue to push for growth at all costs — without such regulations — people will continue to be harmed. The people harmed will disproportionately be those who have been harmed for centuries — women and members of marginalized racial and ethnic groups. The people who benefit from unrestricted amplification of their views will also be the same people who have benefited from that privilege for centuries.”
Imagine a newspaper not standing up for free speech. But that’s the problem, when you’re less about journalism and more about pushing the liberal narrative.
But what’s hilarious is that the piece attacks “rich people…controlling our channels of communication” when the WaPo is owned by Amazon head, billionaire Jeff Bezos. What they truly mean here is “rich people who don’t agree with us.” While Elon Musk is the richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos is number two. Maybe that’s the true problem here.
It’s all about control and keeping the people they want in power; they don’t care about “marginalized people.” If you had free speech on Twitter, you might not have had the NY Post article on Hunter Biden being banned, and anyone spreading it being shut down. If you have free speech, you might question the dictates of those in authority, and that’s a big no-no. You’re not allowed to question election results (unless you’re a Democrat). You’re not allowed to spread ‘disinformation’ (until it becomes obvious that it’s the truth, months later).
But Elon Musk had the best response to this hypocritical take. Here’s how to puncture the left’s ridiculous hypocritical pomposity.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 8, 2022
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