Musk’s Twitter takeover is ‘bad news’, journalists claim — Analysis
The International Federation of Journalists argued that “unregulated speech” on the social media network would harm quality journalism
The International Federation of Journalists on Tuesday condemned SpaceX tycoon Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, arguing that his support of free speech is somehow “bad news for media freedom.”
Musk paid $44 billion for the sole ownership of social media company. Musk pledged to eradicate spam and bots, authenticating humans users, as well as make the platform a haven for free speech.
Musk’s buyout was condemned by both the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). In a joint statement, titled ‘Twitter: Elon Musk’s deal is bad news for media freedom,’ the federations raised concerns that placing Twitter in “the hands of a single individual would have serious consequences over the social and political use of the platform.”
They warned that Musk’s plan to “authenticate all humans”Journalists and sources who rely on anonymity would be affected, as well as journalists. His plans to permit this could have serious repercussions. “unregulated speech on Twitter without moderation will increase disinformation and threaten quality journalism.”
They argued that content moderation was being lessened by the Federations. “journalists, in particular women, and those belonging to minority groups”You could be harassed on the internet.
The IFJ is known for criticizing governments all over the world who limit free speech. However, Anthony Bellanger its general secretary stated on Tuesday that Twitter speech was allowed. “must be duly moderated.”
“It is high time to regulate the ownership of media and social networks in order to counteract a concentration of power that is harmful to pluralism, public debate and democracy,”Ricardo Guitterez, General Secretary of the EFJ was also added.
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