There Is No Such Thing As Freedom of Speech Anymore
Twitter Update: Same Shit... Different Overlord
On November 6, Musk reminded everyone that he believes in free speech and cites a very specific example related to a now-banished account called @elonjet.
On December 14, Musk reverses course and decides that doxxing the real-time location of someone is grounds for suspension.
He alleges that, on the night of December 14, the car that his son X( Æ A-12) was traveling in was followed, blocked, and attacked by someone.
He includes a video taken from someone else’s phone of the alleged perpetrator along with their license plate number.
On the night of December 15, a bunch of left-leaning journalists were banned from Twitter, including:
You can see a whole bunch of the banned/suspended journalists here:
Musk claims they were suspended for doxxing his real-time location. But is that true? According to Drew Harwell, this is the post that got him suspended:
And this is the last tweet from Donie O’Sullivan:
One guy was giving an update — using publicly available information — on the Musk/@elonjet story. The other had provided a quote from the LAPD claiming that no crime had been reported on the stalking incident involving Musk’s son from earlier in the week.
What Really Happened on December 14?
Many conservatives are celebrating the suspension of leftist journalists right now, which is insane to me. You didn’t like it when the Twitter overlords were doing that to you, so why cheer it on when it’s happening them? Free speech is free speech. If you want to make Twitter better, if you want it to truly be the digital town square, then we all need to be free to speak.
Hypocrisy aside, has anyone thought to look into what kicked all this off to ensure the suspensions were justified? The right prides itself on doing real journalism, so where is the research and investigation?
According to the LAPD, no crime has been reported to them. Why not? Stalking, blocking, and jumping on someone’s car — anyone’s car — is a crime.
Doesn’t that seem fishy that Musk or whoever was in the car at the time didn’t report it? Someone got a video of the person, interacted with them, and even captured their license plate number. What is Musk hoping for? By putting the video on blast on Twitter, that a citizen’s arrest will take care of the situation?
I’d also throw out there the fact that Grimes hasn’t said anything about this on her social media (from what I’ve seen). For someone who was pushing this narrative about journalists stalking and trying to doxx her and Musk’s kids in August, it seems odd that she’d remain mum on the subject when a supposedly real threat did occur.
Also, I’m curious how a connection was made between @elonjet and the stalker. I’ve never seen what was posted on that Twitter account, but from my understanding, it tracked Elon Musk’s private jet. This information is publicly available, so it’s not like they hacked into his flight logs or anything like that.
Regardless, how does reporting the jet’s status lead to the car being followed and attacked? It’s not like the account gave out the information on what car Musk or Grimes or whoever was driving.
The only way I see this happening is if:
Someone monitored @elonjet and found out where and when the plane landed.
They waited for Musk to exit the gate or the airport.
They hopped in their car and followed him.
The only problem is that Musk wasn’t there. And he claims that the person was stalking the car because they believed he was in it. So how did this come to be?
Am I the only one who’s catching major Jussie Smollett vibes from this whole thing?
Free Speech Is Still Dead
This is the second time that Musk has pulled on the heartstrings of conservatives by invoking his family as the reason for Twitter banishment.
The first was when he decided that Alex Jones couldn’t return to Twitter.
Jones has already admitted that he was wrong and has been assessed an insanely high price for it.
Musk’s personal loss is no justification for keeping someone out of the public square. The two events have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Yet, conservatives were like, “Well, Jones is divisive and crazy, so Musk is probably right to do this.”
Now, he claims that his son X was put in harm’s way because of a Twitter account. Then he all but dares leftists to doxx him.
The only problem is that we’re seeing proof that some of the suspended journalists never did any doxxing. Despite that, conservatives are laughing at the suspensions, telling the left to “cry more”, and aren’t bothering to question anything. If it had been the other way around, they certainly would have.
Musk and the conservatives cheering him on are no better than what we had before on Twitter.
Musk calls himself a “free speech absolutist”. Except he’s changing Twitter rules based on his personal offenses and suspending people for reporting facts.
He ran a poll asking if he should allow for general amnesty for banned accounts. When he received support for amnesty, he responded with “Vox Populi Vox Dei”. Yet, the amnesty never came. Only high-profile accounts that other high-profile users begged for have been returned.
Outside of the @elonjet/X fiasco, people continue to be banned on Twitter and given no reason.
@realbrysongray was recently suspended, but was quickly reinstated after some high-profile users called on Musk to reinstate him. I suspect if he keeps talking like this, though, he’ll be banned again soon enough:
@mattgubba has also been suspended. He hasn’t been lucky enough to be reinstated though:
Gubba has been reporting on and highly critical of the World Economic Forum. I suspect that’s more than enough reason for Musk to want him off of Twitter for good.
Guys, Twitter is being run yet again by a tyrant. The main difference is that it used to be a cabal of woke Twitter administrators, politicians, and spooks calling the shots. Now it’s one petty billionaire who makes empty promises, punishes people who are critical of him, and teases out drama like this is a gone damn reality show.
Whether it’s emotions or politics dictating who can speak and what they’re allowed to say on Twitter, it doesn’t matter. That is not freedom of speech, no matter which side of the political aisle is in control of it.