September 28, 2023

Twitter CEO Elon Musk said in a pre-Thanksgiving tweet that problems at Twitter — presumably censorship and bias, and certainly a lack of transparency regarding its actions and algorithms — were worse than he knew.

“The more I learn, the worse it gets,” he tweeted Wednesday evening.

Earlier that day, Musk had tweeted a poll asking whether suspended accounts should be re-activated under a “general amnesty,” with reasonable carve-outs for illegal activity and “egregious spam.”

That poll, while obviously unscientific, garnered over 3 million responses, with those in favor of such an amnesty outnumbering those opposed by nearly three-to-one.


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One presumes that Musk isn’t going to make every leadership decision by unscientific polling, but in this case he said that he would abide by the “voice of the people.”

One of the replies to the original poll, however, suggested that in addition to amnesty, consistency, transparency and objectivity should be key in whatever decision Twitter ultimately made.

“[W]ell whatever it decides to do, twitter should be clear and consistent about it’s rules and penalties for breaking them, enforcement should be unbiased, and the mechanisms of enforcement shouldn’t be easily abused by people who have an agenda,” read the tweet from the account of Shibetoshi Nakamoto, the individual — or rather, the presumed pseudonym of the individual — believed to have developed bitcoin.

Again, Musk seemed responsive to the suggestion.


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That would presumably be good news for anyone. Even those who believe that former President Donald Trump — to take just one example — should have been suspended from Twitter should be interested in knowing the precise reasoning behind that decision and the policies Trump was said to have broken that justified that decision, if only so that other Twitter users can learn from the incident and not repeat the same violations, right?

(Incidentally, Twitter did reinstate Trump’s account on Saturday, and, as I had predicted earlier that day, Trump doesn’t seem to care.)

Musk, however, seemed to indicate that one side of the political debate was likely to appreciate the transparency more than the other.

Conservatives, of course, have claimed left-leaning bias at the social media giant for years. Without the underlying data to back up those claims, however, it was difficult to prove. (Research by The Western Journal into similar censorship at Facebook found a decidedly leftist bias, although Facebook corrected some of that following publication of that data.)

Regardless of where Musk stands on politics, his apparent commitment to transparency should help uncover the truth of those claims, which should only be a good thing for American democracy.

Not everyone, however, wants what’s good for American democracy.

I’m far from a conspiracy theorist, and there’s no credible evidence that Andrew Breitbart died of anything but complications from the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with which he had been diagnosed a year or so prior to his untimely demise.

But this still sounds like reasonable advice to me.

George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and an occasional co-host of “WJ Live,” powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.

George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English as well as Master’s in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He now lives in central North Carolina with his wife and a Maine Coon named Princess Leia, for whose name he is not responsible. He is active in the teaching and security ministries in his church and is a lifetime member of the NRA. In his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.


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