Elon Musk made an offer to buy Twitter, which was accepted, and the billionaire promised to reduce the level of censorship on the platform. This has led to several questions, about how Mask’s approach will affect the popular micro-blogging platform.
Human rights organizations and groups have expressed concern that a lack of moderation and content management will lead to an increase in hate speech. In addition, many Twitter users are questioning whether previously suspended Twitter accounts will be reactivated. Currently, the most famous person who has been blocked on Twitter is Donald Trump, the former US president.
Musk has been very vocal in the past in his views and criticisms of Twitter’s policy of moderating content, stressing that the platform should be the main forum for free speech.
Will users leave Twitter?
Musk pointed out that he hopes that even his biggest critics will stay on the platform “because that is what freedom of speech means”. Still, some users have threatened to leave Twitter, while some have already done so.
British actress Jameela Jamil, who is best known for her role in the series “The Good Place”, pointed out that she expects the platform to “become a space with even more lawlessness, hatred, xenophobia, fanaticism, and misogyny”.
Ah he got twitter. I would like this to be my what lies here as my last tweet. Just really *any* excuse to show pics of Barold. I fear this free speech bid is going to help this hell platform reach its final form of totally lawless hate, bigotry, and misogyny. Best of luck. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fBDOuEYI3e
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) April 25, 2022
On the other hand, some users who have a large number of users on the platform point out that they plan to stay on Twitter. “What we know is that if all normal people leave, the situation here will get bad much faster,” Caroline Orr Bueno pointed out.
For those who’ve asked: Yes, I’m staying on Twitter. There are still a lot of good people working at Twitter, and we have no idea what it will look like under Elon Musk’s ownership. What we *do* know is that if all the decent people leave, it’ll get bad here a whole lot faster.
— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) April 25, 2022
Will Trump return?
Donald Trump’s Twitter account was permanently terminated last year, after the riots in Washington. However, even if the ban on social networks was lifted, Trump pointed out that he did not plan to return to Twitter. Instead, it will use its Truth Social platform.
“I’m not going to Twitter, I’m going to stay on Truth Social. I hope Elon buys Twitter because he wants to improve it and he’s a good man, but I’m staying on Truth Social,” Trump explained.
A period of uncertainty follows
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter who is still a board member, said he was happy that the platform would continue to serve for public discussion and conversations, despite not believing anyone should vouch for the owner or run Twitter.
“However, by solving the problem of Twitter being an independent company, Elon is the only solution I trust. I believe in his mission to expand the presence of consciousness,” Dorsey said.
Twitter director Parag Agrawal addressed the company’s employees, telling them that the company’s future is uncertain. “Once the purchase agreement is over, we don’t know in which direction the platform will develop,” Agrawal said.
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