The left is losing it over the prospect of Elon Musk bringing back free speech once he closes a deal with Twitter to buy the platform, specifically because it could result in the reinstatement of Donald Trump and Alex Jones.
Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, a radical pro-censorship propaganda website, characterized Musk’s imminent buyout of Twitter a “victory for disinformation and the people who peddle it.”
“Twitter’s Board of Directors must recognize that if Musk is successful, Donald Trump, who had been banned from the platform for repeated violations of terms of service and incitement to violence, will almost certainly be replatformed in weeks,” Carusone said in a statement released Monday.
— Media Matters (@mmfa) April 25, 2022
“Other extremists and white supremacists will also likely have their accounts restored too.”
According to Carusone, what’s more terrifying than bringing Trump and Jones back to Twitter is the prospect that other social media companies will follow suit.
“The only thing worse than Twitter re-platforming the likes of Donald Trump and Alex Jones — as well as reversing course in dealing with disinformation and extremists — is the perverse pressure it’ll create on other major social media platforms, effectively igniting a race to the bottom,” he said.
Carusone stated that the digital public square will be opened up to a “floodgate of lies and hate” if Twitter is no longer able to censor accounts the left doesn’t like.
“This potential deal is about much more than the future of Twitter,” Carusone noted. “A sale to Elon Musk without any conditions will pollute the entire information ecosystem by opening the floodgate of hate and lies. Twitter’s board needs to take this into account now before the deal is done.”
If Alex Jones and Trump are simply conduits of “hate and lies”, why do they present such a threat to the left?
The truth is, Trump and Alex Jones are extremely effective at calling out the left’s propaganda, fake news, and radical policies, so much so that bringing them back into the digital public square presents an existential threat to the left’s control of the mainstream narrative.
After a day of negotiations in the face of shareholder pressure, Twitter is reportedly on the verge of accepting Elon Musk’s $43 billion bid to take the company private as soon as Monday, Reuters reported.
The news has caused Twitter shares to spike by 5%.
Musk has stated on several occasions that his interest in buying Twitter stems from his desire to restore free speech, even for his “worst critics.”
“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” Musk tweeted Monday.
I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022