LA Times article claims Musk will make Twitter a “hotbed for fanatics, liars, demagogues and supporters of violence”
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LA Times columnist Michael Goldberg took the news that Elon Musk would be overturning the Twitter ban imposed on former President Donald Trump pretty hard.
In a new column on Tuesday, the author argued that Musk’s statements, in which the Tesla CEO said he would reinstate Trump’s Twitter account if he finalized his deal to buy the social media platform, signaled that he would make Twitter “a house for fanatics”. , liars, demagogues and supporters of violence” – all justified under the guise of “free speech”.
Goldberg began his post by stating, “Twitter is a private platform, with broad free speech rights. Under the 1st Amendment, it can choose, if it chooses, to be a home for fanatics, liars, demagogues and supporters of violence, allowing them to spread their dangerous messages to the hundreds of millions of enterprise users.”
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He then mentioned that if Musk becomes the new owner, he “can choose to stop policing content on his incredibly powerful new platform. He can fill Twitter with QAnoners and anti-Semites and sleazy Russian apologists and liars. on all sides, allowing them to spread misinformation and adding to political polarization and division.
“And he can justify it in the name of unfettered free speech,” the author added.
Then came Goldberg’s impeachment of Musk: “This is exactly the direction in which Musk – the richest man in the world, who is about to buy Twitter for $44 billion – seems to be heading. “
He then pointed to Musk’s claim that Trump’s ban had been “morally wrong” on Twitter’s part, although Goldberg claimed: “In fact, however, it is Musk’s position that is morally wrong. objectionable”.
What followed was another exhaustive condemnation of the former president. “Trump is a liar. Lies, threats, fear, and intimidation are his weapons of choice; his enemies are mocked and belittled. The Washington Post counted 30,573 false or misleading claims during his four years in office “, did he declare.
Goldberg admitted: “Not all of Trump’s lies are necessarily dangerous. But many are. … were actually rigged.”
He added, “This lie continues to pose an extraordinary threat to American democracy.”
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Sure, the author acknowledged that Trump still has free speech, but he doesn’t have to be on Twitter. “He can talk and write all he wants, protected by the Constitution. But Twitter doesn’t owe him a megaphone,” he claimed, adding, “No private platform has an obligation to host Trump or others of his ilk”.
Goldberg went on to accuse Musk of being “dishonest on Tuesday when he said the decision to expel Trump from Twitter was wrong because it was ‘alienating much of the country,'” he wrote, and argues that Musk’s assertion “felt throwing Trump away was a political move, orchestrated by the president’s opponents.”
“But that’s not what happened… He was banned because he was found guilty of breaking company rules and standards in communicating with his 88 million followers,” added Goldberg, justifying the Twitter ban.
He then asked, “Once you allow Trump back, who won’t be allowed? Expect to see more of Alex Jones…and Roger Stone.”
“On Musk’s Twitter, will anyone police dangerous hate speech? Stop abusive behavior? Fight election interference? Who will monitor threats?” he was worried.
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Ultimately, Goldberg concluded, “By all means, Twitter should be a haven for free, thought-provoking, and open debate. It can be a de facto public place. But the company has the right and the responsibility to exercise some control over the most irresponsible tweeters.”