Self-acclaimed Free Speech messiah Elon Musk has now released a diktat for the motley crew of X/Twitter staff on the app. He tweeted a warning for all employees who wouldn’t comply with the principles of the company, which is fighting for maximum freedom of speech. Musk was responding to a tweet that informed, per a Washington Post report, about X/Twitter complying with more German requests during Musk’s reign in hate speech cases than it did before. Christopher Hebbecker, the public prosecutor of Cologne, remarked that before Musk, they never used to get data for digital hate-crimes. However, after Musk’s acquisition, they almost always get the data requested.
After World War II, Germany made it illegal to incite hatred against minorities. However, with the advent of the internet, most perpetrators of hate-speech are faceless trolls. Germany introduced NetzDG, an online hate law, in 2017 to nullify these kinds of activities. Under the law, companies are required to delete hate speech within 24 hours of it being reported. The EU has introduced a similar law. This has generated a lot of controversy regarding the future of freedom of expression.
This has raised concerns among civil liberties advocates, due to the strict and broad nature of Germany’s hate speech laws. pic.twitter.com/nNyL3xTWQq
— X News Daily (@xDaily) September 16, 2023
Reacting to the above Tweet, Musk clarified that it is impossible to know what is happening at every part of the platform at all times. However, he added that X/Twitter’s policy is to fight for maximum freedom of speech under the law. Musk also served a warning to the Twitter staff in the tweet. The billionaire wrote that anyone who is unwilling to comply is invited to pursue their career in any of the other social media, who, according to Musk, ‘sell their soul for a buck.’
Anyone working for X Corp who does not operate according to this principle will be… https://t.co/9gkIOnF8hu
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2023
While Musk continues to champion freedom of expression and free speech, his record with regimes outside the continent of North America has been dubious at best. Earlier this year, Musk reiterated that he doesn’t want his employees to end up in jail, fessing up to the sorry state of affairs when it comes to dealing with the ruling regime in the most populous country in the world.
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