Fox News host Tucker Carlson touched on the growing movement against Twitter owner Elon Musk’s stated mission to restore free speech on the platform Monday.
“As in China, [if] social media in the United States are censored, that’s not compatible with democracy. You can’t have censorship in a democracy, a country that censors is not a democracy. Elon Musk, not from this country, knows that. He bought Twitter with the aim of stopping censorship and restoring free speech,” said Carlson. “He just said this. There’s been a lot of censorship on Twitter, and we’re going to find out what it is. ‘The Twitter files on free speech suppression, soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what happened.’ Why shouldn’t we know that? Why shouldn’t we know who is shutting down free speech in a country that claims to be a democracy?”
Tucker Carlson talks about ongoing attacks against Elon Musk for his defending free speech on Twitter:
"They're not actually coming out against 'hate.' What they're saying is 'We decide what you can say and what you can't in this democracy.'" pic.twitter.com/qeTj12Qp5n
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“Well, everybody in power is panicked over this. Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from its app store,” continued the popular Fox News host. “So if Twitter can no longer get its app on the app store, there’s no more Twitter, because you access Twitter through the app. So they’re essentially threatening to shut down Twitter. Meanwhile, the White House and the media are trying to convince you that the problem is not China throwing people into concentration camps, suppressing free speech, the problem is Elon Musk, who is trying to restore free speech.”
Musk has notably removed the bans of numerous Twitter accounts after he famously took over the platform, including that of former President Donald Trump, the Babylon Bee and Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA).
The new owner of Twitter additionally enacted a general amnesty for most suspended accounts Thursday after he launched a poll in which 72.4% voted in favor of the proposal.
Carlson played clips on his segment featuring leftists who criticized Musk’s conduct surrounding Twitter, including White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Musk also publicly disclosed the alleged intentions of Apple CEO Tim Cook, accusing Apple of threatening to remove Twitter from its App Store, — a move that would effectively render the platform useless.
“Here’s the CIA officer, the guy who lied for a living, telling you we need more censorship, but they’re not coming out against, quote, ‘hate,’ Carlson exclaimed. “What they’re saying is we decide what you can say and what you can’t in this democracy. If you try to speak freely, we’ll crush you. That’s exactly what they’re saying.”