X CEO Gives ‘Hate Speech’ Update That Signals More Censorship

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For most of us, X, formerly known as Twitter, has only gotten better since tech giant Elon Musk took over the company. However, recent statements made by Musk’s appointed X CEO have led many to believe censorship may soon make a comeback on the platform.

As you likely know, the near-constant censorship exhibited on then-Twitter was one of the main reasons Musk decided to intervene. As a self-described free speech absolutist, he was tired of seeing people silenced for all sorts of things just because the then-powers that be didn’t like it.

So he bought the company, fired most of its staff, and changed the name. And since then, our right to free speech on the platform has been restored.

His appointment of X CEO Linda Yaccarino was supposed to continue that right.

But a recent statement made by her about ‘hate speech’ and the company’s updated regulations on it has more than a few believing that censorship could make its way back into X.

Unsurprisingly, Yaccarino’s statement begins as innocent as ever, making notes about free speech or “information independence” is a must. People must be free to “express their own thoughts, make up their own minds, but also draw the line at hate.”

As she correctly adds, “This is tough to do, but absolutely critical.”

The question then is, how will X, moving forward, draw that line and combat “hate speech?”

And this is also where things get a bit tricky.

According to Yaccarino, it must be done by opening “more lines of communication with groups dedicated to the safety of communities both in physical and virtual spaces.”

What all those well-strung together words may mean, though, is that “censorship will ramp up for any false flags and possibly another stolen election,” as one social media user noted.

Of course, this isn’t the only person who is worried about the return of censorship.

We can only hope that Musk steps in before it gets that far.