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EDITORIAL: Twitter needs a cleanup, Musk is the man to do it – Toronto Sun

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Apr 15, 2022  •  14 hours ago  •  2 minute read  •  18 Comments

Elon Musk gestures as he speaks during a press conference at SpaceX's Starbase facility near Boca Chica Village in South Texas on Feb. 10, 2022.
Elon Musk gestures as he speaks during a press conference at SpaceX’s Starbase facility near Boca Chica Village in South Texas on Feb. 10, 2022. Photo by JIM WATSON /AFP via Getty Images

One of the most influential social media platforms in the Western world is Twitter. While Instagram and TikTok may help to shape youth culture, consumer culture and other cutting edge trends, Twitter rules the roost when it comes to the news media landscape and politics.

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The internet was originally supposed to be an open source, liberating space where everyone can freely have their say. Social media was supposed to do that even more so. But that spirit has repeatedly been stamped on by censorship-loving killjoys.

Twitter has become one of the worst places for hivemind censorship. People lose their jobs after a mob goes after them for deliberately blowing a poorly worded post all out of proportion.

The platform itself engages in censorship. Exhibit A is banning former president Donald Trump from the platform.

Whatever you think of Trump, it’s outrageous that the leader of the free world was pushed off the platform he used to communicate to the world. It was clearly a biased and deeply politicized move.

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Enter Elon Musk. The world’s richest man is now out to buy Twitter for $43 billion – although we’ll see how it proceeds, as board members are attempting to thwart his plans.

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Speaking at an event in Vancouver Thursday, Musk explained that he considers Twitter a “public square” and wants to preserve the integrity of it and enshrine free speech.

“A good sign as to whether there is free speech, is someone you don’t like allowed to say something you don’t like? If that is the case, then we have free speech,” Musk said.

This is something to celebrate.

But as Brian Lilley recently explained it: “Make no mistake about it, Musk’s bid for full control of Twitter is about allowing free speech to flourish once again, and that has some people worried.”

There are too many people out there who like the idea of censoring views they don’t like. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be one of them, due to his repeated attempts to bring in laws to give the government greater control over the internet and social media.

Twitter needs a cleanup and Musk seems to be the right man for the job.

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