The platform is no longer labeling state-controlled media and propaganda agencies, and will no longer prohibit their content from being automatically promoted or recommended to users. Together, the two changes, both made in recent weeks, have supercharged the Kremlin’s ability to use the U.S.-based platform to spread lies and misleading claims about its invasion of Ukraine, U.S. politics and other topics.
No one should be in the least bit surprised by this. Elon Musk is totally OK with China and Russia using Twitter for propaganda. It’s only the American left that he thinks needs to have its power checked.
Elon Musk has long adopted the Right Wing Troll’s view of free speech.
Trolls think that unless you let the worst people in the world follow you around with a bull horn and shout lies about you-at you, you’re against free speech. If you point out how awful they act, that’s alienating. So of course they’ll act that way. In fact, they’ll get even worse! If criticisms of their actions cause any consequences to them-that’s cancel culture. If and when they turn violent, it’s your fault for not standing up for yourself. And of course, making these points isn’t free speech. It’s being an SJW. I’ve been repeatedly assured that SJWs are the worst.
So let Russia and China Troll. It’s only the SJWs they’ll attack.