“Be afraid, be actually afraid.” Those phrases from former Politico Magazine editor Garrett M. Graff captures the hyperventilation within the media week. No it isn’t Vladimir Putin’s risk of unleashing a nuclear warfare or the phrase that our nationwide debt has reached a staggering $31 trillion. No, it’s the information that Elon Musk could go ahead with the acquisition of Twitter and . . . [triggering warning] . . . free speech protections may be restored on the platform. The pearl-clutching of assorted media and educational figures present how engrained the censorship tradition has develop into within the United States.
After Musk indicated that he was going ahead, the Twitter inventory rapidly soared. The information that Musk may carry an finish to Twitter’s intensive censorship system has beforehand drawn individuals again to the platform. However, the media is in full panic mode that the management over speech could possibly be loosened with Musk. Twitter staff additionally beforehand panicked on the thought that they could lose a few of their management over the speech of others.
NBC News reporter Ben Collins wrote rapidly raises essentially the most rapid concern that the sudden capability to talk freely on Twitter might impression the midterm elections.
Consider that for a second: the lack of management over political speech might imply a lack of management over the midterm elections. There is, after all, no concern by Collins that Twitter (and different social media corporations) have lengthy been “aligned” with Democrats and the Biden Administration.
NPR editor Neela Banerjee retweeted and echoed his concern about “the broader implications for the rest of us of a Musk takeover of Twitter.” Others joined in on the collective panic that there could possibly be a lack of management over what individuals say on social media.
BBC journalist Dickens Olewe warned that “Guardrails will be dropped, misinfo & conspiracy theories will thrive. No functional alternatives available, this is it: a complete destruction of the global public square. Been nice y’all.” In different phrases, free speech protections will result in the destruction of “the global public square” by shedding management of who can communicate or what individuals can say.
PoliticusUSA head Sarah Reese Jones appeared to maneuver from the determined to the outright delusional: “Before 2020, Facebook deplatformed progressives, then it came for mainstream media and elevated only radicalized conservatives. Cut to 2022, we know Elon Musk plans to do same with Twitter. We know how damaging it will be.Tech giants pose ongoing threat to western democracy.”