Max Boot is “frightened” about the potential impacts of billionaire Elon Musk purchasing Twitter, but his take on the matter (which gives a gentle hug to censorship) earned him quite the public flogging on the blue bird platform.
“I am frightened by the impact on society and politics if Elon Musk acquires Twitter. He seems to believe that on social media anything goes. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less,” he tweeted.
I am frightened by the impact on society and politics if Elon Musk acquires Twitter. He seems to believe that on social media anything goes. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.
— Max Boot 🇺🇦 (@MaxBoot) April 14, 2022
The Washington Post op-ed columnist likely wasn’t expecting the deluge of negative responses he received, but when you advocate against free speech, what else should one expect?
Here is a sampling:
Democracy can’t survive unregulated speech is a most ironic take, mr not the bee, sir.
— ʞɹıɯS (@FoundersGirl) April 14, 2022
Boot thyself to Tumblr.
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) April 14, 2022
It’s a private company, just build your own 🙂
— nic carter (@nic__carter) April 14, 2022
Tell me more about how the survival of democracy requires censorship. pic.twitter.com/Pnvm3mPgf0
— Larry Sanger (@lsanger) April 14, 2022
Are you serious?
We should be able to discuss anything and hear all sides. As an educated adult I don’t need a moderator.
— iwanttolearnmore (@iwanttolearnmor) April 14, 2022
Even if I agreed with that last sentence, which I most definitely do not, the question is…
Because whoever decides will cite “content moderation” as a means of suppressing their opposition.
We have only all of human history as a precedent for that pattern.
— Rob Witwer (@robwitwer) April 14, 2022
Don’t you get paid by Jeff Bezos ?
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) April 14, 2022
👏👏👏 I’ll add:
“I’m such a child, I need my mommy to tell me what I may say and what I can see”
— Brendan (@bcool25) April 14, 2022
It’s social media Max. It’s not super serious.
Perhaps log off. Take some time.
Re-tune with reality and see a therapist?
— Kate Paul Dillon. (@KatePaulDillon) April 14, 2022
— 🇷🇺Russian Bot Dave🇷🇺 (@CousinDaveLives) April 14, 2022
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