Will Mask win the free speech battle at content control obsessed Twitter?
Mask’s appointment to the Board of Twitter, as the biggest shareholder, is more of a content policy than business news. As the Economist summarised:
Twitter has been a much bigger cultural success than a commercial one.
Musk has been a staunch supporter of free speech. He said,
‘Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy.’
He also opposed the cancellation of President Trump’s Twitter account.
Musk’s arrival to Twitter has already triggered pushback from Twitter staff, who are more interested in ‘protecting people from hate speech and trolls’ than freedom of expression.
Given Twitter’s influence, this battle between the two camps – content control vs. freedom of expression – will have a major impact on the future of the Internet.
Source: Washington Post