Elon Musk Faces Backlash Over New Policy On Mean Tweets

GRUENHEIDE, GERMANY - AUGUST 13: Tesla CEO Elon Musk talks during a tour of the plant of the future foundry of the Tesla Gigafactory on August 13, 2021 in Grünheide near Berlin, Germany. The US company plans to build around 500,000 of the compact Model 3 and Model Y series here every year. (Photo by Patrick Pleul - Pool/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach,” Musk tweeted. “Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet.”
  • “Naval,” a highly popular Twitter account with nearly 2 million followers, responded to Musk’s tweet by writing: “Freedom of speech means Twitter not putting its thumb on the scale.”
  • Another popular Twitter account, “I,Hypocrite” responded, “What a disappointment this guy is.”


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