Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, slammed big tech firms for moving to curtail conservative voices on various platforms.
Responding to a satirical story about the recent string of censorship by tech companies, Musk slammed how the mostly left-leaning big tech firms have now become the arbiter of free speech in America.
“A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted.
A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2021
His tweet came after various big tech firms — Amazon, Apple, and Google — decided to kick Parler off their platforms and launched what critics call as a “purge” of right-wing users on social media platforms citing “moderation policies.”
Musk also tweeted a bizarre post which reads: “This is what happens when you cancel burning man.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
This is not the first time that the Tesla CEO has evinced some conservative views. Last year, he seemed to have indicated his discontent of leftist governance in his ormer home state of California and urged his more than 42 million followers on Twitter to “take the red pill.”
Take the red pill
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 17, 2020
He also tweeted against Karl Marx, the father of communism in an indirect jab to the push of far-left Democrats for socialism.
Das Kapital in a nutshell pic.twitter.com/mG44mMkitx
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 27, 2020
“Das Kapital in a nutshell,” Musk wrote, followed by a picture of Marx with a caption in quasi-German, “Gib me dat for free.”
The Tesla CEO also left California and moved to Texas after earlier being critical of the “fascist” lockdown measures being implemented at the Golden State.
“If somebody wants to stay in the house that’s great. They should be allowed to stay in the house and they should not be compelled to leave. But to say that they cannot leave their house and they will be arrested if they do… this is fascist. This is not democratic. This is not freedom,” he said in April.
FREE AMERICA NOW
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2020
Social media behemoth Facebook started what will be a series of bans against mostly-conservative users and groups in tech platforms. On January 7, it announced that it will ban Republican President Donald Trump’s account indefinitely. Twitter also moved to ban the sitting 45th US President. On January 8, it announced that the President’s account will be limited “indefinitely” — and a day after, on January 9, it kicked out President Trump permanently citing “risk of further incitement of violence.”
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” it said.
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open,” it added.
Big tech firms Apple and Google also took out the Parler from their app stores on Saturday as Amazon announced it will withdraw Parler from its cloud hosting service on Sunday.
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