Here’s when Twitter will be totally free
From the moment it hit the news earlier this year, I expressed my belief that mega-billionaire Elon Musk’s stated intention of restoring some semblance of free speech on Twitter was the “most consequential thing” he will do in his life.
Given that I was addressing the richest man in the world who could eventually be personally responsible for sending the first human to Mars, that was a bold statement.
Twitter is, after all, arguably the most consequential social media platform in the world. That’s because its format creates the ideal battleground of ideas, a place where anyone with an e-mail address and Internet access can interact with and directly challenge celebrities, politicians and journalists. And though the overall user counts don’t match that of other platforms like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, the fact that people with opinions gravitate toward Twitter as a place to share them puts the social media platform at the top of the heap in terms of relevance and importance.
So when Musk promised to return free speech to Twitter, naturally the powers-that-be went apoplectic with rage. That’s because their ideas rely on coercion and making sure enough people don’t dig deep enough to discover the utter vacuousness at their core. Without censorship, the left can’t win in the end, and they know it.
Some have questioned Musk’s use of online polling to determine whether an account, particularly Trump’s, should see the light of day.
Should free speech exist only at the whim of the majority? However, I think the billionaire may have simply been trolling as he doubtless knew what his followership would choose. Still, a legitimate concern quickly became whether an account only merited restoring if it was large or notorious enough.
What about the non-celebrity accounts with tens of thousands instead of hundreds of thousands of followers? What about ordinary people?
And especially, what about the hundreds (at least) of COVID dissidents banned for nothing more than telling the truth about some aspect of governments’ atrocious mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Musk finally addressed the issue in another poll last week, suggesting that a “general amnesty” be offered to suspended accounts “provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.”
Looking back, it’s astounding that tech-degreed employees of any widely used social media platform would purport to be able to always distinguish truth from falsehood. When you consider the injustices imposed upon the global population over the past almost three years, from lockdowns to school closures to forced masking to mandates of a ‘vaccine’ that never stopped contraction or spread, the fact that these leftist tools of globalist overlords constantly put their thumbs on the scale in favor of one side while effectively silencing the other is appalling and will go down as one of the great injustices of history. Thankfully, however imperfectly, Elon Musk has begun to correct that injustice.