Dictators and censorship: Maimane name drops Zim president in question to new Twitter boss Elon Musk

2022/04/28 23:26:00

'You have expressed that your acquisition is about entrenching free speech on Twitter. How does that apply to those who are active enemies of free speech?” asked Maimane.

'You have expressed that your acquisition is about entrenching free speech on Twitter. How does that apply to those who are active enemies of free speech?” asked Maimane.

'You have expressed that your acquisition is about entrenching free speech on Twitter. How does that apply to those who are active enemies of free speech?” asked Maimane.

Image: Alon Skuy One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane singled out Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni in a question to new Twitter owner Elon Musk about free speech and access to the platform.or suggested she should leave on her own.More articles Fifi Peters is an award-winning financial journalist with a career spanning over 10 years, having worked for the likes of Business Day and Financial Mail.An early advertisement for Coca-Cola Emboldened by his successful US$44-billion bid to buy Twitter, Elon Musk took to the platform to joke about a new potential takeover target — but even the world’s richest man may find this one a bit too pricey.

Maimane was reacting to Musk’s deal to buy the popular social media network for $44bn ( R700bn).He asked Musk what the role of Twitter will be in facilitating free speech and access to social media in parts of the world where this is not allowed.On Wednesday, Musk posted an additional tweet with a meme about Twitter’s “left wing bias.“We have dictators such as Emmerson Mnangagwa and Museveni who actively oppose free speech online and in their states.She is also a seasoned MC and moderator with brands such as Vodacom.You have expressed that your acquisition is about entrenching free speech on Twitter.” what’s going on? You’re making an executive at the company you just bought the target of harassment and threats.How does that apply to those who are active enemies of free speech?” @elonmusk.He first joked about buying Twitter in 2017 in an exchange on the platform with comedian Dave Smith.

What is your view on dictators in Africa who refuse their citizens access to free and independent media having access to this platform? What obligation should twitter have in facilitating free speech in parts of the world where regimes are actively undermining it? — Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) April 27, 2022 After clinching the deal earlier this week, Musk said infringing on people’s right to free speech would not be tolerated on the platform.Musk has often said his goal is to make the social media platform a bastion of free speech.“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” he said.Musk added that free speech will not go beyond the law.“I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.“ By ‘free speech’ I simply mean that which matches the law.I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.Some racist comments that followed his Tuesday tweet also made a connection to Agrawal, who is of Indian origin as well.

If people want less free speech they will ask government to pass laws to that effect.Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people,” said Musk.The doctored image depicted Agrawal, formerly Twitter’s chief technology officer, purging co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey, just as Stalin did to Soviet secret police chief Nikolai Yezhov.Support independent journalism by subscribing to the.Just R20 for the first month.But he was silent, even as other employees, including former CEO Ev Williams, chimed in to defend her.READ MORE:.

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