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Elon Musk slams ‘strong leftist bias’ in Twitter censorship

Twitter’s potential future boss, billionaire Elon Musk, publicly took a swipe at the platform’s “left-wing bias” on Monday when asked to weigh in on censorship decisions.

“Twitter obv has a strong leftist bias,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

Musk’s remarks came in response to alt-right conservative commentator Mike Cernovich, who accused Twitter of turning a blind eye to tweets from liberal accounts inciting violence.

Chernovich had highlighted a tweet by Rivier News Group reporter Carolyn Reilly, who called for more violence in a recent New York Times article about the arson attack on the anti-abortion group.

“Here you go @ElonMusk,” Chernovich wrote alongside a screenshot of Reilly’s tweet.

“When Twitter employees always lie to you about enforcement policy, perhaps they can explain why a verified account is allowed to incite terrorism regardless of whether it is banned,” Chernovich wrote.

Musk later shared more thoughts on the speech on social media platforms.

“Like I said, my priority is closer to the laws of the countries where Twitter operates. If citizens want to restrict something, pass a law to do so, otherwise it should be allowed,” he wrote.

When Musk announced his intention to buy Twitter in April, the world’s richest businessman laid out grand plans to turn the platform into a place of “maximum fun,” though he’s been largely vague on the details.

He has acknowledged that his plans to turn Twitter into a “politically neutral” online town square, which allows as much free speech as each country’s laws allow, could anger leftists and Can please the right.

Elon Musk plans to turn Twitter into a “politically neutral” online town square.
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Musk has not ruled out suspending some accounts for spreading hate speech or harassing others, but he said such restrictions should be temporary.

His recent criticism centered around a post article on Hunter Biden describing Twitter’s “incredibly unfair” 2020, which the tech company said was a mistake and corrected within 24 hours. Was.

Musk also promised to build Twitter’s algorithm that ranks content to decide what appears on users’ feeds “open source to increase trust.”

Elon Musk.
Elon Musk has not ruled out a temporary account suspension for promoting hate speech or harassing others.
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Right-wing politicians, among them Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, have long been talking about a “shadow ban” on social media, a way to reduce the access of abused users without disabling their accounts. Referring to the invisible feature.

In a letter addressed to Musk last monthHawley urged the businessman to look into Twitter’s censorship practices and identify the man who was responsible for suppressing the now-proven reporting of The Post on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

post with wires

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