X owner Elon Musk gave a warning to any X (formerly Twitter) employees who bow to outside pressure and censor free speech.
Musk responded harshly to a Washington Post article that claimed his social media platform was cooperating with German censorship requests. In a Sept. 17 X post, Musk wrote, “At the risk of stating the obvious, I don’t know what’s going on with every part of this platform all the time, but our policy worldwide is to fight for maximum freedom of speech under the law.”
While this statement left room for X to censor content that is violative of local laws, Musk warned his employees not to go farther. “Anyone working for X Corp who does not operate according to this principle will be invited to further their career at any one of the other social media companies who sell their soul for a buck,” Musk added.
At the risk of stating the obvious, I don’t know what’s going on with every part of this platform all the time, but our policy worldwide is to fight for maximum freedom of speech under the law.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2023
Anyone working for X Corp who does not operate according to this principle will be… https://t.co/9gkIOnF8hu
Musk’s statements coincide with many of his previous commitments to free speech. However, since Musk purchased the social media platform back in 2022, his choice to reinstate prominent accounts such as Christian satire website The Babylon Bee and Canadian professor Dr. Jordan Peterson and his allowance of honest discussion on social issues have apparently been met with internal resistance.
When The Daily Wire partnered with X to rerelease Daily Wire host Matt Walsh’s documentary What Is a Woman on the social media platform in June 2023, Musk’s employees censored the thought-provoking video. Ultimately, several employees left the company shortly after the debacle, and Musk personally shared What Is a Woman.
According to MRC Free Speech America’s CensorTrack.org database, following Musk’s decision to change the platform’s rules on “deadnaming” and “misgendering” and several resignations: “Twitter saw a 261 percent drop in censored users and posts critiquing the left’s radical ‘transgender’ ideology in the month after the policy change (April 18 through May 17, 2023) compared with the month prior (March 18 through April 17, 2023).”
But Musk’s commitment to allowing legal speech, although heartening news for those who live in the free world, may provide little relief for those in Germany and countries with similar laws. The Post claimed that X “is complying with requests to turn over more information about its users to prosecutors in online hate-crime investigations.”
The liberal rag added that Germany “has strict hate-speech laws forbidding certain defamation of politicians and promotion of white supremacy, and the company under Musk has turned over reams of user data to prosecutors to help identify those who break the law, according to three prosecutor offices who spoke with The Washington Post.”
German “citizens” do not have freedom of speech or the right to make choices about their child’s education. The Post article even mentioned a case against a man for being rude to a politician. Absurdly, this article ended with a quote attempting to distinguish Germany from authoritarian governments.
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