by CATHERINE SALGADO at pjmedia.com
Linda Yaccarino, Elon Musk’s CEO of Twitter/X, just declared that her platform is pro-free speech — except when it’s not, because hate speech is bad. And no, she did not define what “hate speech” is.
It is reasonable for platforms to have some rules; for instance, against direct endorsements of terrorism. But, as we all know by now, there’s all kinds of speech that constantly get censored online, including on Twitter/X, simply because the elites in charge don’t happen to like it. This is certainly true of “hate speech,” which is a vague and convenient leftist term that can be applied to anything that triggers leftists’ delicate intolerance for truth and rational disagreement. And Yaccarino is firmly and publicly stating her determination to target this undefined hate speech, justifying her policy by claiming to be combating anti-Semitism. So, where is Elon Musk, that great champion of free speech? Off schmoozing Chinese Communist dictators again?
“Control, censorship, and information centralization holds us back – while greater access to information propels us forward and fuels positive change,” Yaccarino pontificated in a Jan. 22 blog post. She then went on to tout censorship under another name. Because, according to elitists like Yaccarino, free speech isn’t free if it’s hateful. The Constitution begs to differ.