Tesla CEO Elon Musk Twitter purchase yesterday sent shockwaves across the world, with questions lingering over how Musk could twist the social media platform and the company into his image.
Although Musk is more in line with a “utopian anarchist” (re: libertarian) philosophy, he has already faced criticism and won support from politicians on both sides of the aisle for various statements and plans. However, its $44 billion purchase of Twitter has many Republicans rally and Democrats cringe at the idea of Musk promoting “free speech” on the platform. The CEO of Tesla called the platform “the place of the digital city where vital questions for the future of humanity are debated.”
Many right-wing figureheads and politicians have already complained of silences, suspensions and bans for violating Twitter’s terms of service regarding hate speech and misinformation. More than that, active conspiracy theorists are celebrating the purchase, hoping they might be reinstated on the platform.
But while the few Democrats to speak publicly about the purchase have focused on fears of more misinformation being spread on the platform, Republicans who have already opposed Twitter (rather lax) rules on misinformation and hate speech were jumping up and down to the idea of being able to post anything they want without to be paralyzed by any private censor.