Former Bill Clinton administration official Robert Reich has slammed Elon Musk’s mission to restore free speech on the Internet as “dangerous nonsense.”
Reich, the former United States Secretary of Labor, published a scathing opinion piece for The Guardian on Musk’s efforts to purchase Twitter.
Musk has made headlines this week after launching an effort to buy 100% of Twitter , take it private, and bring back free speech on the currently left-wing social media platform.
The buyout move came just days after Musk revealed he had purchased a 9.2% stake in the social media firm, making him Twitter’s largest shareholder.
He has promised to “make significant improvements to Twitter” and has polled his followers on whether or not Twitter “rigorously adheres” to the principles of free speech.
After being awarded a seat on Twitter’s Board of Directors, Musk turned down the offer due to the limits the position placed on his goal of restoring free speech.
The tech entrepreneur then dropped his $43 billion offer to buy the whole company, arguing it is the only way to achieve his plans.
Reich asserted that Musk’s takeover is “just about power,” however, furthering his years-long feud with the Tesla CEO.“Years ago, pundits assumed the internet would open a new era of democracy, giving everyone access to the truth,” Reich writes.“But dictators like Putin and demagogues like Trump have demonstrated how naive that assumption was,” he claimed, calling President Donald Trump’s removal from all major social media platforms “necessary to protect American democracy.” Slay the latest News for free! Reich then slammed Musk for telling his 80 million followers “reckless things” — such as the notion that children are “essentially immune” from COVID-19 and his favorite cryptocurrencies — and blocking him on Twitter.“Musk advocates free speech but in reality, it’s just about power,” Reich said.“Power compelled Musk to buy […]
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