Elon Musk – protector of free speech or the far proper?
On Monday, information broke that the Tesla CEO is all set to buy Twitter after reaching a monumental $44 billion deal. The announcement has since prompted debates and raised questions in regards to the elevated unfold of misinformation, particularly as right-wingers — from Florida governor Ron DeSantis to Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn — celebrated the “comeback” of free speech.
The greatest concern continues to be the long run state of Twitter, which is now publicly owned by the world’s richest man and a self-declared “free speech absolutist.” Does the current acquisition imply extra conservatives and their cronies may have a platform to proudly spew scorching takes riddled with dangerous rhetoric? Will blue Verified badges be awarded extra simply? And, additionally, will former President Donald Trump get again his long-lost Twitter account?
Co-host Sunny Hostin claims Musk will permit customers to “say whatever they want” with none repercussions, which can consequently “unleash the trolls.” Hostin emphasizes that almost all of Twitter customers are straight, white males, which means Musk’s takeover will harm marginalized teams essentially the most.
“I think it’s going to be scary to a lot of women because there have been some surveys done, and 38% of women around the world have said that they have been on the receiving end of a lot of abuse on Twitter,” Hostin says, referring to findings from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). “85% of women have said that they have seen the abuse.” Hostin additionally references a 2019 examine from the Pew Research Center, which states that “22% of American adults who use Twitter are representative of the broader population.”
“It seems to me that it’s about free speech of straight, white men,” Hostin provides.
On cue, Hostin acquired backlash in a while Twitter, the place — unsurprisingly — straight, white males — and media shops — took took offense at her claims and referred to as her feedback a “dumb reaction.”
“I can’t blame Sunny Hostin for saying this . . . if I was untalented and had no idea what was going on, I’d default to blaming white men for everything,” wrote writer Ryan James Girdusky. “It’s the easiest way to get a promotion in the media.”
PragerU, the notorious right-wing on-line “university,” additionally tweeted a snippet of Hostin’s clip with commentary from media persona Will Witt, saying, “Sorry Sunny, I know this might be shocking to you, but when you have free speech, that means straight, white men get to have a voice too.”
On the present, Hostin says she hopes Musk’s acquisition of Twitter will immediate the inception of latest social media platforms the place “real people” are speaking with “real” freedom of speech.
“I’m kind of tired of billionaires taking over our modes of communication,” she provides, additionally together with Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg as examples. “I guess billionaires want to take over free speech, and I’m not here for it.”
Co-host Sara Haines notes that Musk is planning to extend verification on the platform, which she says is a step in the correct path. Haines claims the transfer will scale back “some of the toxicity on Twitter” by growing visibility and inspiring customers to suppose twice earlier than posting one thing “nasty.” How that is supposed to really guard in opposition to trolls or different hateful takes just isn’t clear seeing because it actually hasn’t stopped anybody earlier than, whether or not they’re verified or not.
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Ana Navarro addresses the politicization of the social media platform: “[Conservatives] have been waging war against Twitter, they’ve been selling the narrative that Twitter stifled freedom of speech, [and] they want to see Donald Trump get back his Twitter platform.”
Guest co-host Amber Ruffin, who additionally hosts “The Amber Ruffin Show” on NBC and Peacock, says Musk’s option to spend a whopping $44 billion on Twitter is sufficient to show that he is dangerous at making choices.
Ruffin closes out the dialogue with one last level:
“I think Trump is going to come back to Twitter, and it’s going to be horrible but also, very hilarious.”
Watch the total dialogue beneath, through YouTube:
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