What Elon Musk’s Twitter ‘free speech’ promises miss

“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy,” 

“However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form.

It’s not clear how this gambit will play out, but there’s also a more fundamental question: what does Elon Musk think free speech is, and who’s threatening it?

Free expression is a cornerstone of an open society, and with governments across the world eyeing crackdowns on internet platforms, 

But despite his sweeping declaration, Musk’s eye seems almost entirely focused on the far smaller question of Twitter’s own internal rules.

In 2011, Twitter’s former CEO Dick Costolo asserted that Twitter belonged to “the free speech wing of the free speech party,” a phrase that’s been invoked by critics of the platform’s moderation

The platform was earning plaudits for letting activists organize under the threat of political repression in Egypt and other countries.

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