Doctor of Teleocity
- Jun 12, 2003
- Glamorous NoHo
No, this is misrepresenting the issue. What people are pointing out is that for all of Musk's claims of free speech absolutism, he clearly isn't upholding it.
People rightfully were pointing out that free speech absolutism is not a tenable position when running such a platform. None of these people are under the illusion that Twitter has to platform their opinions; they understand that it's a private company and it can do what it wants. But when that company claims to be all about free speech, yet is banning people, they point out the hypocrisy.
Of course, there is some outrage over what in particular is and isn't banned. But that isn't about free speech per se, it's just about disagreeing about the particular moderation policy.
You're talking about Musk personally being a hypocrite. He is in some ways. I'm not really a fan. The way he's handled employees at Twitter has made me blanch.
I'm talking about his overall effect on the platform and society in general. To me, that is the big issue. I think the complaints about Musk are really a covert vehicle for grievances that are hard to justify.