Free Speech on Twitter? Not If Europe Has a Say

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Elon Musk’s ‘free speech absolutist’ version of Twitter is looking more like a platform moderated with a lighter and less-partisan hand than a free-for-all, but even that is too much for critics. Some warn that free speech is dangerous. Others hint that app stores might ban Twitter to spare users from the peril of slightly less-filtered discussion. And our friends across the Atlantic are doing their best to live up to fears of the European Union as a totalitarian project by threatening old-fashioned government censorship. Twitter ‘is in the process of reducing moderators, but will have to increase them in Europe,’ EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton huffed last week (article in French) about Musk’s new regime at Twitter. ‘He will have to open his algorithms. We will have control, access, and people will no longer be able to say nonsense.'” (11/23/22)