Twitter Against Free Speech

Hold onto your horses KOT (Kenyans on Twitter)! For most urban Kenyans Twitter is the home of Social Activism, a place where they call out, and demand answers or justice when it comes to our governance and society at large. Through the platform, a lot of issues have been highlighted and solved due to the overwhelming power of Kenyan netizens.

In America, the platform seems not to be as liberal. The platform’s guidelines under Defending and respecting the rights of people using our service, state, Defending and respecting the user’s voice is one of our core values at Twitter. This value is a two-part commitment to freedom of expression and privacy. Transparency is also an important part of this commitment. In that spirit, Twitter wants to publicly share how we translate this core value into our decision-making.”

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Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle? Is a new platform needed?”  Taking to his account to conduct a poll, Tesla and SpaceX creator Elon Musk tweeted. More than two million users responded to that question, with 70.4% of them voting “no.” After further countless engagements with his over 80 million followers on the platform the tycoon bought a 9.2 percent stake in the social network site. Approximated to be worth nearly $3 billion, making him the micro-blogging site’s largest shareholder and triggering a rise of more than 27% in the company’s shares.

The tycoon now controls 73.5 million shares of the company, will this lead to more free speech on the platform?


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