Elon Musk’s Twitter has been attacked for complying with a request from the Indian government to censor tweets within the country that linked to a BBC documentary that was critical of its prime minister.
Twitter users noted the hypocrisy of the self-proclaimed ‘free speech absolutist,’ who in the past had said Twitter would not block material at the instruction of a government ‘unless at gunpoint’. ‘So did Modi hold Elon at gunpoint or what,’ one person said.
When Musk bought Twitter last year he adamantly justified doing so on the basis that the fight for free speech was ‘a battle for the future of civilization’.
Others suggested that Musk, who is one of the richest men in the world, was being disingenuous when he made claims about freedom of speech.
‘If you don’t recognize that musk’s free speech absolutism begins and ends with his wallet, you are the purest mark,’ said Smithsonian editor Ted Scheinman.
The BBC is generally considered objective in its coverage of world events….