Twitter has recently been acquired by Elon Musk in his bid to turn it into an absolute freedom of speech platform which he claims will offend both the far right and the far left equally, which in his opinion makes Twitter more fun.
Elon is a Free Speech Absolutist, is that what it’s really about, is that what society needs at individual level? Should hate speech and similar forms of expression be included within actions undoubtedly worthy of criminalization?
Incase you are wondering …..
What is Free Speech Absolutism?
Free speech Absolutism means that Free speech shall be protected not for the speaker but for the listener, those who should hear what the speakers are saying. The idea argues that the burden of proof is on the side of those opposing a liberal interpretation of the 1st Amendment, such as in the ” clear and present danger” argument
Free speech is a major characteristic of essential liberty as once Benjamin Franklin pontificated in his famous words ” Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Concerns have been raised as to Elon’s true intentions with Twitter especially as a ” Free Speech Absolutist”.
The debate around Free Speech on Twitter is not new and is unlikely to fold any time soon.
The most intense disagreement regarding free speech revolves around the question, how free should speech be?
To demystify Elon’s plans on a Free speech Twitter will look at some of his statements….
Below are statements made by Elon Musk to emphasize why Free speech is important and why it could only justify taking the platform private!
“For Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral, which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left equally” “By “free speech”, I simply mean that which matches the law.
I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.
If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect.
Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people.” -Elon Musk
The question that lingers in our minds now is ….
Who is allowed to say what is truth and what is a lie? The ones that agree with Elon? Or a government maybe? That’s the point, nobody owns the truth or the “real” news. Specially not an specific political party. Everything must coexist and people should decide what they believe in
So Juuuuuuuust in case. Here is:
How to Delete your Twitter account
Before you delete your Twitter account, you may want to download your archive. This will include all your tweets in a chronological order, which is great if you want to relive your first tweet, or see all those unanswered tweets you sent to celebrities. To download your archive, click your profile icon, go to Settings and privacy, then click on Your account, followed by Download an archive of your data. From there, you can input your password to download all of your data.
Once you have your downloaded copy, you can proceed with deleting your account. On the same Twitter page where you can download your data is a section labeled Deactivate your account. You will be prompted to choose a reactivation period of either 30 days or 12 months. After clicking Deactivate at the bottom of the page, your password is required to begin the deactivation process.