A day after Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition deal was confirmed, the millionaire tech entrepreneur explained on Tuesday what he meant by “free speech,” which has been described several times in his plans for the social media company.
Musk said that freedom of speech must be in line with the law and that he opposes censorship that goes beyond the law.
The Tesla chief also targeted his critics in a vague tweet that said, “Extreme antibody reactions from those who fear freedom of speech say it all.”
By “freedom of speech”, I just mean that which corresponds to the law.
I oppose censorship that goes beyond the law.
If people want less freedom of speech, they will ask the government to pass legislation to that effect.
Therefore, going beyond the law is against the will of the people.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 26 April 2022
Musk, the richest man in the world, finalized a deal on Monday to buy Twitter for $ 44 billion holding on to its offer of $ 54.20 per share.
The dramatic saga, preceded by the threat of a hostile takeover along with criticism and recommendations for one of the most influential social media sites, ended with Musk gaining personal control of the firm.
“By ‘freedom of speech’, I just mean that which corresponds to the law. I oppose censorship that goes beyond the law. If people want less freedom of speech, they will ask the government to pass a law for that purpose. So, go beyond the law. -laws are against the will of the people, ”Musk said in a tweet Tuesday.
Musk claims to be an “absolute member of freedom of speech”. Amid the buzz of his Twitter acquisition confirmation yesterday, he also said he wanted even his “worst critics” to remain on the microblogging platform.
The deal reports hit the stock market, plunging Tesla shares by more than 12 percent.
Musk, who owns about a 9.1 percent stake in Twitter, is its largest shareholder.
Following the ratification of the agreement, he reiterated his commitment to freedom of speech in a statement, saying, “Free speech is fundamental to a functioning democracy, and Twitter is a digital urban square where matters important to humanity’s future are debated.”