“Given that Twitter serves as a de facto public square for the town, failure to adhere to the principles of free speech fundamentally undermines democracy,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “What needs to be done?”
“Is a new platform needed?” asked Musk in a subsequent blog post.
Musk’s 79.1 million followers immediately demanded that he either buy Twitter himself or create a new platform.
“Buy this one!!!” Cristina Buchou, press secretary for Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, responded.
“Yes,” former CIA analyst and conservative radio host Buck Sexton tweeted. “Buy Twitter or please create one. Save the country from these Silicon Valley psychics.”
“Buy Twitter,” radio host Jason Rantz wrote in a tweet.
Musk’s original post asking his followers what to do about censorship on Twitter has been retweeted over 10,000 times and liked over 62,000 times an hour after it was posted.
Twitter has been widely criticized for years by conservatives who have said the social media giant has censored free speech, including this week when the company put Warning stickers On articles published by The Federalist it said “may be unsafe”.
Twitter later removed the warning labels and told Fox News Digital that the company had “mistakenly” flagged the posts.
Twitter was previously involved in the widespread effort to suppress a New York Post report on Hunter Biden’s laptop in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election, which was validated by the New York Times last week.
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