Elon Musk suggests investigating boycott calls — RT World News

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

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

“Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will further toxicate our information ecosystem and pose a direct threat to public safety, especially among those already most vulnerable and marginalized,” he added. the groups wrote in a letter on Tuesday.

Hailing Twitter’s content moderation policies, which critics have called censorship, liberal organizations have warned that “Musk intends to crush those safeguards and provide a megaphone for extremists who traffic misinformation, hate and harassment.”

“Under the guise of ‘free speech,’ his vision will silence and endanger the marginalized communities and tearing apart the frayed fabric of democracy,” they continued.

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

Powerful donors are behind these groups. Access Now, which says it fights internet censorship but supports “content moderation”, has taken over $1 million from Soros’ 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 is funded by US Democratic Party megadonors and was founded by David Brock, a longtime Clinton family operative who worked with Soros to elect Democrats. Soros also funded a number of other organizations that signed the letter.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) is a UK-based pro-censorship NGO whose work has recently focused on lobbying governments and tech companies to restrict vaccine-skeptical content in line. The White House relied on CCHR research to help it crack down on so-called “disinformation” on Covid-19.

Musk himself has called on his Twitter followers to investigate these “organizations that want to control your access to information,” to announce “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

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

Musk bought Twitter last week for $44 billion. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO promised to rid the platform of spam and bot accounts, make his algorithm public and promote free speech, which he described as “the foundation of a functioning democracy.”

Days after Musk’s purchase, the White House announced the creation of a “Disinformation Governance Council”, derided by conservatives and free speech advocates as an Orwellian. “Ministry of Truth”.


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