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Will Twitter Free Speech & Hate Collide

By Charlotte Robinson, October 29, 2022

Now that Elon Musk has taken over Twitter we’ll be watching to see if this move will jeopardize the safety of its users, society & global democracies. Over the years Twitter has become a very iffy social media platform & with Musk’s political views most likely it will descend into darkness. GLAAD released a statement following Musk’s Twitter takeover: “Despite his claim that he wanted to buy Twitter to ‘help humanity,’ Elon Musk has a record of posting & defending harmful anti-LGBTQ content as well as content that harms other marginalized communities. GLAAD remains deeply concerned about the safety of LGBTQ people on Twitter & we join other organizations that are now questioning Twitter’s future policies & actions against extremist content. GLAAD’s Social Media Safety Index found that the LGBTQ community faces disproportionate levels of hate & harassment online. No matter who owns Twitter it remains absolutely critical that the company prioritizes & consistently enforces its existing policies against hate speech, violence & disinformation. Misinformation, disinformation & hateful content have real-world consequences & irrevocably harm our community, period. All of our corporate, government & community leaders have a responsibility to facilitate education, facts & the truth & to disempower those who actively work against those principles of democracy.” GLAAD was one of the founding members of the Stop the Deal coalition that launched in June 2022 by Accountable Tech, Media Matters for America, MoveOn, UltraViolet & others warning of the potential dangers of the Musk acquisition of Twitter. Musk will most likely run Twitter to the ground hopefully serving as a warning to other platforms that they will be held accountable for ignoring public safety & dismantling the guardrails designed to protect our information ecosystem.

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