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Being the richest man in the world must be a cool thing. The rich and powerful listen to you, as do average working people. You have enough money that if anyone comes after you, you can sic hordes of lawyers on them. You can say what you want without fear of being fired or canceled. Basically, you can do anything you want.
It helps if you’re super cool, like Elon Musk, also. If we were talking about George Soros, that would be something entirely different.
Musk, who is buying out the Twitter social media platform, has been sticking up for freedom of speech and speaking out against censorship. He ramped up the talk after his hostile takeover bid of the company which is run by leftists who really love de-platforming conservatives.
Now Musk is sticking up for a popular conservative account on Twitter as it is in danger of being banned.
You may have heard of the account. It’s called the “Libs of TikTok.”
Fox News reported yesterday about death threats being sent to the owner of the account after a Washington Post reporter doxed (posted private information online) her.
Washington Post “internet culture” columnist Taylor Lorenz was quick to dismiss the death threats being aimed at Libs of TikTok just weeks after she doxxed the popular Twitter personality.
Libs of TikTok shared a screenshot of a Twitter user who sent her a message claiming a “pipe bomb” was on her way and urged her to kill herself.
“Hi @FBI, I’m being threatened with a pipe bomb. Can you please look into this?” Libs of TikTok publicly asked the authorities.
At the same time, Twitter is considering banning the account.
The owner of the account posted a message to its Substack with the background story:
It started in April when we got two back-to-back suspensions. Following those suspensions, the Left was emboldened. Knowing I wanted to remain anonymous, they went on a mission to expose me in the hopes of intimidating me into silence. This culminated with my being doxxed by Taylor Lorenz at the Washington Post.
Instagram got on the censorship wagon as well. They “mistakenly” disabled our account and reinstated it after realizing their “error.” Linktree suspended us, too.
We received our third Twitter suspension just last week for posting fliers of pride events. I had created a “mega drag thread” which documented the sharp rise in drag events for kids. It’s a disturbing trend; the Left has become obsessed with ensuring your 4-year-old has access to men dressed as women while dancing provocatively for cash. The fact that I was noticing—and drawing attention to how widespread this trend really is—seemed to trigger the Left. Big accounts on Twitter started calling for my suspension while labeling me a “domestic terrorist.”
Then, there is a discussion among Twitter employees about banning the account.
Conservative Brief reported that:
“[L]ike I don’t get how this account, which exists solely to generate targeted violence at marginalized people, continues to be allowed to post,” one Twitter employee allegedly said in the leaked Slack conversation.
“But if we deplatform this account, we might erode trust in our platform from users who already think we’re irredeemably biased against conservatives,” another employee allegedly responded.
““I mean we successfully deplatformed [former President Donald] Trump — I don’t think deplatforming Libs of TikTok is going to cause a mass exodus but I guess it may not be in our ‘fiduciary’ interest to enact a ban on a high profile account right now…” they said.
Later in the thread the employee apologized for not showing the concern for transgender people that they thought they should have.
“I apologize — I was not speaking from my own perspective but applying a commentary on how leadership has behaved recently,” they said. “I could have phrased that better and will be more conscious in future messages.”
“I despise and despair the activity that is currently flourishing on our platform and empowering white supremacists/fascists to act with impunity in conducting harmful emotional and physical violence on trans folx and the broader LGBTQ+ community,” they said.
The account owner posted about being harassed and Twitter’s inaction. It drew a response from Musk.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 14, 2022
Journalist Ian Cheong answered Musk, stating:
“On a just platform, everyone would be treated equally. As it is, you can be banned for merely criticizing (not even threatening) woke progressives, but they can send conservatives death threats without any repercussions.”
To which Musk responded:
“A platform cannot be considered inclusive or fair if it is biased against half the country.”
A platform cannot be considered inclusive or fair if it is biased against half the country
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 14, 2022
A few days prior to this, Musk jumped into the transgender debate.
Matt Taibbi who runs the “Useful Idiots” podcast, asked on Twitter:
“I wonder if we’re institutionalizing stereotypes about gender in the same way academics have tried to institutionalize stereotypes about how “hard work,” “being polite,” “punctuality” and the “written word” are “white culture.”
“We are simultaneously being told that gender differences do not exist and that genders are so profoundly different that irreversible surgery is the only option. Perhaps someone wiser than me can explain this dichotomy.”
The Tesla CEO followed up with:
“It is a better world if we are all less judgy.”
It is a better world if we are all less judgy
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 11, 2022