Does Elon Musk have any clue what he’s gotten himself into? I’m skeptical. It’s easy to kick over a hornet’s nest and then have some fun. Populists and nonconformists do this all the time. The trouble is that the hornets plan, coordinate and swarm. And then you need more than just an attitude and some memes.
You need a plan. Does Musk have a plan? We’ll find out.
Meanwhile, the same machine that the TwitterFiles exposed, which coordinated censorship using a government-media alliance, is swarming over Musk’s Twitter.
After just getting over arguing that shadowbanning is no big deal and that private companies can censor anyone they want to, the EU has now gotten involved after Musk suspended a bunch of media types for, seemingly among other things, distributing real-time information about his location. What he called assassination coordinates.
It’s one thing to censor conservative journalists, but how dare anyone suspend the Left’s hacks?
European Commission vice president Věra Jourová, whose brief includes the rule of law and disinformation, tweeted that the “arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is worrying.”
“EU’s Digital Services Act requires respect of media freedom and fundamental rights. This is reinforced under our #MediaFreedomAct,” she wrote. “@elonmusk should be aware of that. There are red lines. And sanctions, soon.”
Do people have the right to fundamental rights? Or just the media.
Other criticism on Friday came from the German foreign ministry, which took to Twitter to warn the company that it takes freedom of the press seriously.
“Freedom of the press must not be switched on and off at will,” it tweeted. “As of today, the journalists below can no longer follow, comment or criticize us. We have a problem with that @Twitter.”
So is posting to Twitter a right or not?
The Euros have decided to claim that it is. Or at least they’ve very selectively decided to claim that it’s a right for media outlets that they agree with.
Is that how rights work now?
I don’t know if Musk has a plan, but this train wreck is certainly laying bare the hypocrisy and the abuses of the leftist ruling class.