Musk is on the move. In a win for free speech, Twitter removed a warning label from a Just the News ballot harvesting story after self-dubbed “Chief Twit” Elon Musk interceded on the news site’s behalf.
The warning label originally appeared on Just the News (JTN) Editor-in-Chief John Solomon’s account Friday. He shared his report titled “Democrat blows whistle on alleged ballot harvesting scheme, Florida opens criminal probe.” JTN said Twitter applied a warning label to the post, claiming it included “misleading” content that “could lead to real-world harm.”
Solomon and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton challenged Musk about the story’s censorship. “Election censorship returns as @Twitter flags ballot harvesting report,” Fitton tweeted. “@ElonMusk should immediately examine how the company is now interfering in the election on behalf of the Left.”
“I will look into this,” Musk replied Sunday morning. “Twitter should be even-handed, favoring neither side.”
As of Monday morning, the warning had been removed.
Musk seems intent on unraveling the anti-free-speech bias initiated by Twitter's former leadership.
The new Twitter owner spent a lot of time over the weekend responding to users’ concerns and pitching platform improvements.
In response to concerns about the platform’s arbitrary and one-sided censorship, Musk announced that the platform would be forming a “content moderation council.” This council will include members with “widely diverse viewpoints.” Musk said that “No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.”
He also proposed a plan that would allow users to “select” which version of Twitter they prefer. “...Being able to select which version of Twitter you want is probably better, much as it would be for a movie maturity rating.”
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