Billionaire Elon Musk blasted Twitter for allowing certain posts while choosing to censor others.
In just eight words on Monday morning, Musk responded to a tweet from political commentator Mike Cernovich that called out Twitter’s choice to allow a post linking to a recent New York Times article that was allegedly “incit[ing] terrorism.”
“Twitter obv has a strong left wing bias,” Musk tweeted.
“Here you go @elonmusk, when Twitter employees invariably lie to you about enforcement policy, maybe they can explain why a verified account is allowed to incite terrorism without any care in the world about being banned,” Cernovich had tweeted late Sunday night.
Twitter obv has a strong left wing bias— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2022
The commentator referred the new Twitter owner to a tweet from a woman named Caroline Reilly, who is verified on the platform. In response to news of arson against an anti-abortion organization, she said, "More of this. may these people never know a moment of peace or safety until they rot in the ground."
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Musk followed his comment about Twitter’s left-wing bias by affirming his support for free speech on the social media platform.
“Like I said, my preference is to hew close to the laws of countries in which Twitter operates,” Musk tweeted. “If the citizens want something banned, then pass a law to do so, otherwise it should be allowed.”
Like I said, my preference is to hew close to the laws of countries in which Twitter operates. If the citizens want something banned, then pass a law to do so, otherwise it should be allowed.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2022
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Last month, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote Musk after the billionaire’s purchase of Twitter was announced. Hawley asked him to generate and release a public audit of the social media platform’s “egregious censorship.”
“Twitter has largely evaded public accountability over the past several years,” Hawley wrote in his letter, which was also tweeted. “Since I’ve been in the Senate, I’ve sent a number of oversight inquiries to the company. These letters cover subjects as diverse as content moderation policies, viewpoint discrimination, suppression of content, and Twitter’s own security. Twitter, not surprisingly, has effectively ignored these requests.”