New boss points out Twitter hasn’t banned “even the leftmost account that spews utter lies.”
Rejecting accusations he was sort of “right-wing boogeyman” on Tuesday, Elon Musk said Twitter has not banned any leftists under his ownership, even before “utter lies.” As an example, he used last week’s AP report in which he claimed that a “Russian” missile had hit a village in Poland, almost triggering World War III.
The comments came in response to conservative journalist Kyle Becker, who mocked “spoiled leftist journos” pretending that Musk was some kind of right winger, even if he allowed it “left ‘fake news'” stay on Twitter.
“As is clear to everyone but the media, there is not one permanent ban on even the most left-wing account from spouting utter lies,” Musk tweeted in answer.
“Not even the Associated Press with their completely fictional report about Russian missiles hitting Poland that had serious consequences for the escalation of the war,” he addedabout 20 minutes later.
Not even the Associated Press with their completely fictional report of Russian missiles hitting Poland that had serious consequences for the escalation of the war
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022
AP had quoted an anonymous US intelligence official to make several claims “Russian” rockets had hit the village of Przewodow last Tuesday. The report nearly led to a head-to-head confrontation between Moscow and NATO before a Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile was revealed to be the culprit. AP then issued a retraction of sorts, saying “The missiles were Russian-made and most likely launched by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack,” and fired the reporter involved.
Since taking over Twitter in October, Musk has fired hundreds of employees and reversed the takeover “permanent suspensions” from multiple notable accounts, including former US President Donald Trump. However, he drew the line at Alex Jones, citing personal reasons.
Even as Musk boasted that he didn’t ban people “utter lies”, Twitter has suspended journalist Garland Nixon for a satirical “To do” list aimed at US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The message sent to Nixon is quoted “hateful behavior” as the reason for the ban. A pro-Ukrainian trolling campaign known as “NAFO” claimed credit for the ban.
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