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Elon Musk Is a Hero, but He Shouldn't Have To Be

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12.05.2022

Freedom of speech in the online public square hangs by a single thread spun by a benevolent billionaire named Elon Musk. His purchasing of Twitter to restore this key component of democracy is triggering shrill cries from leftists, who demand the power to censor on tech platforms and silence anyone with whom they disagree. Those shrill cries have only intensified, now that Musk has announced his plans to reverse Twitter's infamous ban of former President Donald Trump.

But Musk is taking a step that shouldn't be necessary. In a functioning system, Twitter would not need to be saved through a complete shareholder buyout requiring tens of billions of dollars that only the richest few on Earth could possibly amass. Big Tech must indeed be held accountable for its role in corrupting internet platforms and systems. However, this enforcement must come from American citizens, who stand to lose the most from Big Tech's abuses, through their elected representatives—not a billionaire benefactor.

The trouble with a buyout strategy of fixing Big Tech's free speech problem is that it relies on Musk's personal interest and, most important, his resolve. If either were to slip and Twitter fell back into the hands of the censors, any gains in the fight for free........

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