OPINION: Elon Musk did us all a favor by buying Twitter


James Duncan Davidson

Elon Musk, serial entrepreneur, at TED2013: The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered. Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Long Beach, CA. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Freedom of speech — one of the key elements of a democracy — has been under attack by radical left Democrats for many years now. Whether it is through attempting to censor conservative media or the deplatforming of conservatives on social media platforms, the left has made their position on censorship clear. 

So when Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, Neuralink and OpenAI, finally acquired Twitter, it was no surprise that leftists all over the world instantly became upset with the news. “Leaving Twitter because of Elon Musk” became the new “leaving the United States because of Donald Trump.”

While some people may be concerned about Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, it is clearly the best step in implementing freedom of speech on Twitter. The social media giant’s former board and content moderation policies were undeniably biased in favor of Democrats, and unfairly implemented censorship policies against those who disagreed with the left.

Perhaps the most egregious violation of freedom of speech by Twitter’s former board was their alleged cover-up of Hunter Biden’s elicit business deals, dubbed the “Laptop from Hell” by the New York Post. Twitter suspended the Post from the platform and censored viewing of the article. 

Twitter and other social media giants like Facebook and Instagram covered up this story intentionally and hid it from voters who may have had second thoughts about voting for President Biden after realizing how corrupt he and his son both were. If Twitter had allowed for freedom of speech — instead of censorship — our country would be much better off. 

In April 2022, Musk sent a letter to the Security and Exchange Commission in which he made his beliefs on free speech known.

“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy,” Musk wrote. 

Here’s the bottom line — since its inception, Twitter has been a platform by leftists, for leftists. In order for Twitter to reach its fullest potential, it must be rid of all political biases. Elon Musk realizes this better than the old board. 

“Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints,” Musk tweeted on Oct. 28.

If leftists have a problem with free speech, perhaps they should get their own social media platform — just like Elon Musk did.