Whose Brains Fell Out?

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Just before the Turkish presidential election, the Turkish government ordered Twitter to block content that its strongman incumbent apparently found inconvenient. … Twitter complied, saying it did so ‘to ensure Twitter remains available to the people of Turkey. …’ Journalist Matthew Yglesias tweeted that Twitter’s compliance ‘should generate some interesting Twitter Files reporting.’ This is an allusion to internal Twitter communications released by [Elon] Musk showing how readily and frequently pre-Musk Twitter censored dissenting speech at the behest of U.S. government officials. The jibe got under Musk’s skin. ‘Did your brain fall out of your head, Yglesias?’ Musk counter-tweeted. ‘The choice is have Twitter throttled in its entirety [in Turkey] or limit access to some tweets.’ But Twitter doesn’t control Turkish policies. It only controls its own policies.” (05/17/23)