Following Elon Musk’s deal to purchase Twitter, Sen. Chuck Grassley expressed his assist for Musk’s efforts to loosen content material moderation on the platform.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, applauded billionaire CEO Elon Musk’s efforts to loosen content material moderation insurance policies and permit extra speech on Twitter.
On Tuesday, Musk, whose web price is estimated to be greater than $250 billion, reached a cope with Twitter to buy the corporate for $44 billion.
Grassley tweeted on Wednesday saying he hopes Twitter will turn out to be a “free speech haven.”
“I like what Musk is trying to do to promote free speech,” Grassley stated throughout his weekly press name.
As a personal firm, Twitter isn’t certain by the First Amendment. Twitter’s insurance policies to fight misinformation and hate speech have drawn criticism, typically from conservatives, who counsel the location’s content material moderation targets conservative opinions. Most notably, former President Donald Trump was banned from the platform following the January 6 riot on the Capitol.
Grassley stated Musk’s efforts to purchase Twitter is not going to have an effect on his utilization of the platform. Currently, Grassley has over seven thousand followers on Twitter and has tweeted over 13,000 occasions previously 15 years.
Grassley is thought for his frequent use of Twitter, posting cryptic shorthand tweets that sometimes go viral, like when he tweeted about visiting the Windsor Heights Dairy Queen for “u kno what” and when he knowledgeable his followers, “If u lost ur pet pidgin /it’s dead in front yard my Iowa farm.”
“Musk comes along and he wants to enhance free speech in the United States. A First Amendment right,” Grassley stated.
Musk has criticized Twitter’s content material moderation insurance policies and stated he needs Twitter’s insurance policies to be according to speech legal guidelines.
Grassley stated the First Amendment is part of the structure to guard individuals’s opinions.
While Grassley has additionally criticized Twitter’s insurance policies, he stated he doesn’t assume he’s been censored on the platform.
“I don’t think I’m going to have to worry about being shut out ever and I don’t know whether I have ever been shut out of Twitter,” Grassley stated.