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Elon Musk suggests investigating calls for boycott — Analysis

Organizations funded by European governments and George Soros say Musk’s goal of free speech will “toxify” the internet

Some 26 NGOs, including ones funded by European governments and billionaire financier George Soros, have called on Twitter’s top advertisers to boycott the platform if Musk restores banned accounts and lifts its speech restrictions. Musk’s stated commitment to free speech, they argued, will lead to “disinformation, hate, and harassment.”

“Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will further toxify our information ecosystem and be a direct threat to public safety, especially among those already most vulnerable and marginalized,”On Tuesday, the letters were sent by all three groups.

Praising Twitter’s content moderation policies, which critics have described as censorship, the liberal organizations warned that “Musk intends to steamroll those safeguards and provide a megaphone to extremists who traffic in disinformation, hate, and harassment.”

“Under the guise of ‘free speech,’ his vision will silence and endanger marginalized communities, and tear at the fraying fabric of democracy,”They went on.

Among the groups opposing Musk’s vision are the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Media Matters for America, Women’s March, the Center for Countering Digital Hate, and Access Now. 

These groups are supported by powerful donors. Access Now says that it supports internet freedom and fights against internetcensorship. “content moderation,” has taken more than a million dollars from Soros’s Open Society Foundations since last March, as well as funding from the governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Media Matters for America, which is funded by US Democratic Party megadonors, was started by David Brock. Brock has been a Clinton family operative for many years and worked with Soros for the election of Democrats. Soros also supported a few other organizations who signed the letter.

Center for Countering Digital Hate is a UK-based pro-censorship NGO. Its work focuses on lobbying tech companies and governments to limit vaccine-skeptical content online. The White House has leaned on the CCDH’s research to aid its crackdown on so-called “misinformation”About Covid-19.

Musk is a Musk. calledThese are the Twitter accounts of his followers. “organizations that want to control your access to information,” declaring “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

However, these are not the only powerful interests sounding the alarm over Musk’s purchase of Twitter. Microsoft co-founder and vaccine evangelist Bill Gates called on Wednesday for Musk to continue the platform’s moderation policies, specifically mentioning posts saying “vaccines kill people.”

Musk acquired Twitter last week at $44 billion. Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, promised that Twitter would be free from spammers and bot accounts and make its algorithm publicly available. He also stated his desire to encourage open and free speech. “the bedrock of a functioning democracy.”

Within days of Musk’s purchase, the White House announced the creation of a ‘Disinformation Governance Board,’ ridiculed by conservatives and free speech advocates as an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth.”



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