NEWS: Project Veritas releases footage of Twitter meeting with Elon Musk… ‘People should be able to say some pretty outrageous things and still stay within the bounds of the law’ [VIDÉO].
Published on 18.6.2022
On Thursday, Elon Musk held an “everyone on deck” meeting with Twitter employees, where he answered their questions and tried to allay any concerns they had about his political views and vision for Twitter.
Elon Musk begins by laying out a vision for Twitter that is consistent with what he has said in the past, including advocating freedom of speech for all political groups on Twitter, as long as they do not violate the law.
After being asked about his political views and the limits of free speech on Twitter, Mr Musk said there is “freedom of speech” and “freedom of access”.
He hinted that people who make “scandalous” claims may have limited reach on the platform.
Twitter and Facebook have long used a practice called “shadow banning” to limit the reach of conservative social media users. This practice involves relegating posts from disapproved accounts to the bottom of users’ homepages and limiting their ability to reach their audience.
In footage obtained by Project Veritas of Thursday’s meeting with Twitter employees, Elon Musk stressed the importance of having freedom of speech on the platform he is buying.
“I think it’s essential to have freedom of speech and to — and to be able to communicate, yeah, just communicate freely,” the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said during the virtual meeting.
“For people to trust Twitter, I think it’s extremely important that there is transparency,” Musk added. Musk also stressed the importance of Twitter not “driving a narrative” on its platform.
“If there are multiple opinions, make sure we’re not driving a narrative,” Musk said.
“And I think there’s also freedom of expression or freedom of access,” Musk added.
Musk explained that he thinks people should be able to express ‘pretty outrageous things’ that are ‘within the law’ on the platform, but that those messages ‘are not amplified’ and have limited reach. . »
Perhaps Musk didn’t mean to say he supports shadow banning, but he should clarify his statement so conservatives and free speech advocates know where they stand with him and with Twitter.