Elon Musk is calling out the left over their meltdowns brought on by the prospect of free speech returning to Twitter – saying their reaction was telling.
Following the news that Twitter had accepted Musk’s offer to buy the social media platform, one high-ranking employee reportedly broke down and cried during a staff meeting about the purchase.
Politico reported that Twitter’s top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, called a virtual meeting among policy and legal teams that she oversees to discuss how Musk would impact the company.
“Gadde cried during the meeting as she expressed concerns about how the company could change, according to three people familiar with the meeting,” Politico reported. “She acknowledged that there are significant uncertainties about what the company will look like under Musk’s leadership.”
Politico also noted that Gadde, who has worked at Twitter since 2011, was a key executive involved in the decisions to remove President Donald Trump and to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story in the weeks before the 2020 election.
Gadde has apparently assumed the role internally as “Twitter’s ‘moral authority,’” Politico added.
Politico noted that the attorney appears to be at odds with Musk’s mission to make free speech a priority on the platform.
“I’m often inspired by the vigorous debates on controversial issues that occur on Twitter, but I’ve also been seriously troubled by the plight of some of our users who are completely overwhelmed by those who are trying to silence healthy discourse in the name of free expression,” Gadde wrote in a 2015 Washington Post opinion column Politico noted.
“At times, this takes the form of hateful speech in tweets directed at women or minority groups; at others, it takes the form of threats aimed to intimidate those who take a stand on issues.”
Leftists like Gadde have been echoing the same message to indicate that they’re not big fans of free speech – which prompted a response from Musk.
Musk replied to a meme that featured NPCs (non-player characters) representing major publications and tech intuitions who reacted to Musk’s statement about taking over Twitter by saying, “This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.”
Musk responded, “Can someone please give the NPCs a bigger dialogue tree!?”
Following the news Musk said in a statement on Monday, “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”
“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans,” Musk continued. “Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”
Several minutes later, Musk added in a tweet, “The extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all.”
“By ‘free speech’, I simply mean that which matches the law,” Musk tweeted. “I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law. If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect. Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people.”