Elon Musk and Twitter: the return of freedom

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, just snapped up Twitter for $44 billion.

Many openly cheer: In our time of censorship, Twitter is being recaptured by the free speech camp. Elon Musk sees himself as his defender, his ardent supporter.

Others are sorry: For them, freedom of expression is the mask behind which hate speech and disinformation hide. They affirm that public debate involves validation and control of the information circulating and must be accompanied by a ban on those who make comments deemed inappropriate.

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And it is the position of the supporters of censorship that interests me here.

We need to get back to the two terms they mobilize to justify their demand for ever-tightening rules on freedom of expression: hate speech and disinformation.


Elon Musk and Twitter: the return of freedom

The term “hate speech” is used today to disqualify any criticism of the dominant ideology.

Do you criticize mass immigration? Do you criticize multiculturalism? Do you criticize gender theory and think it goes too far? You can be accused of hate speech at any time.

The fight against hate speech is thus instrumentalized in order to put political positions to the test that our time disapproves of.

Now let’s take seriously the genuine hate speech that is objectively reprehensible. We are told today that they are reserved only for majorities, but impossible in the mouths of minorities.

To sum up, if you declare that you hate black people or Asian people or trans people, you will be accused (with good reason!) of making hateful remarks. But if you state that you hate men or white people, or better yet, that you spit on white people, you will not be accused of hate speech.

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That is the logic of double standards.

The same is true when we talk about fighting misinformation.

Let’s take a concrete example.

There’s a lot of talk about Roxham Road in the news. For some, it is clearly illegal immigration. For others, the concept of illegal immigration simply doesn’t hold water and border crossings are just ‘irregular’.

It’s a political dispute. But supporters of the second camp declare that talking about illegal immigration is misinformation, which is absurd. And they try to banish their opponents from the public debate.

A disagreement turns into an accusation of misinformation.

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Let’s understand each other well.

Slander, insult and slander are generally to be condemned. But there are already laws against them. We should avoid using this call for respect and common sense to try to censor what is politically incorrect.

Likewise, there is real misinformation out there on social media. But the free examination of ideas and theories is the best way to discern what is worth something and what isn’t.

In other words, it’s better to bet on freedom.

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