Musk was CEO of Twitter from October 2022 to only last week (after appointing Linda Yaccarino as his successor). One of the measures he put in place was lifting bans on certain ‘cancelled’ conservative voices including Fox News favourites, like Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia.
Earlier this month, disgraced former Fox News host Tucker Carlson announced he’d be bringing his show to Twitter. Conservative media company The Daily Wire — which publishes “The Ben Shapiro Show” (top misogynist and queer-phobe) — is following suit, bringing its entire slate of podcasts to the platform later this month, Axios reported.
To make matters worse, Musk announced on Tuesday that Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis would be announcing his presidential campaign on Twitter in a conversation with Musk.
As you can imagine, permitting conservative voices to run riot on a platform has incited an increase in hate speech from transphobia to misogyny and racism.
On his behalf, Musk recently said he’s a moderate, and that his actions on Twitter “are all done in the name of free speech […] My concern with Twitter was to that it is somewhat of the digital town square and it’s important that there be both the reality and perception of trust for a wide range of viewpoints,” he said on an episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” in April.
Now in the hands of Yaccarino, we are unsure if Twitter will change its stance. Yaccarino is known to be politically aligned with Musk. She’s also a former Trump appointee, having served on the then-president’s council on sports, fitness, and nutrition.
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