President Biden mentioned Elon Musk and Twitter during a Friday night fundraiser, suggesting his acquisition of the platform could allow its users to spew “lies all over the world.”
“Elon Musk goes out and buys an outlet that sends — spews lies all over the world,” Biden remarked. “There are no more publishers in America. There are no more publishers.”
The president appeared to suggest there was no more moderation on Twitter, a claim echoed by several others on the platform who are also critical of Musk.
“How can we expect children to understand what’s at stake? What’s at stake? So there’s a lot, a lot going on. But we have a huge opportunity, a huge opportunity,” Biden added.
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Musk has repeatedly said that he wants to roll back some of Twitter’s moderation to allow free speech, but that he would not allow Twitter to “become a free hellish landscape, where anything can be said without consequences”.
He also announced the creation of a content moderation council.
Biden’s comments are the latest criticism Musk has faced over Twitter’s content moderation.
A group of more than 40 organizations, including the NAACP and GLAAD, sent an open letter calling on Twitter’s 20 largest advertisers to stop funding Twitter because they also say Musk’s proposed changes to the platform allow hatred, harassment and false content to flourish.
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The letter claims that Musk allowed the platform to be “inundated with hate and misinformation.”
Musk has repeatedly denied these claims.
“Twitter will not censor accurate information about anything,” he tweeted on Friday.
“The reason I acquired Twitter is that it is important for the future of civilization to have a common digital public square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy way, without resorting to violence. “, he wrote in an open letter. . “There is currently a great danger that social media will split into far-right and far-left echo chambers that generate more hate and divide society.”
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Biden’s event was held for two Democratic representatives from Illinois. Lauren Underwood, IL-14, and Sean Casten, IL-06, who face tough re-election races.