Meanwhile, Musk uses his Twitter account, where he has more than 80 million followers and a fan base he can ignite, to publicly mock others, from a local health official during the early days of the pandemic to Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s current chief executive officer.

Musk defined the goal for Twitter at a TED event last week: “A good sign as to whether there is free speech is: Is someone you don’t like allowed to say something you don’t like? If that is the case, then we have free speech.”

But those who have said things Musk didn’t like have seen their reputations publicly trashed. Vernon Unsworth, a British caver who helped rescue 12 boys trapped in Thailand, called Musk’s efforts to help a “PR stunt” in 2018. Musk retaliated by calling him a “pedo guy.” Then he paid $50,000 to a dubious private investigator to dig into Unsworth’s background in the U.K. and Thailand. He also attempted to depose a reporter, Ryan Mac, who was covering Unsworth’s defamation lawsuit against Musk.

— Bloomberg

As I said before, I doubt the sincerity of Musk’s intent.

Published On: April 21st, 2022Categories: Human Nature, Politics

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About the Author: Ben Garrett

I am a journalist and erstwhile web designer from East Tennessee. Home is on the eastern border of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. I write for a living, but not here ... because nobody is paying money for my opinions (except the New York Post, just once, and Donald Trump retweeted it).