Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has said that he wants to buy Twitter for $43 billion because he wants to use the company’s enormous potential. By Musk’s account, free speech can spread worldwide through Twitter.
Musk’s revelation this week caused many people to talk about it. Yishan Wong, the former CEO of Reddit, was one of the people who responded to the news. He took to Twitter to explain how protecting free speech has changed since the “old internet days” of the late 1990s.
Before Facebook, there was an old internet culture in the late 1990s and early 2000s that had a very strong free speech culture. Wong wrote this on Twitter: “There was an old internet culture with a very strong free speech culture.”
Wong said that “free expression” meant “freedom from religious conservatives who wanted to stop porn in the old days of the internet.”
There is no reason to doubt the theory’s legitimacy, Wong said. It’s just that the practical difficulties of upholding that principle have changed as the world has evolved.
The former CEO of Reddit says that the internet opened up a whole new world for older business leaders like Elon Musk.
“The internet is not a “border” where people can go “to be free,” he said. “It’s where the whole world is now, and every culture war is taking place.” Our culture wars are fought on this one.
“Every side wants to take away the other side’s right to speak,” Wong says.
As he said this, he said that people from different beliefs think social media isn’t fair to them.
“All of my left-wing woke friends think that social media sites help white racist, misogynist, and patriarchal white men and women,” Wong said. All of my right-wing, center-right or libertarian friends are sure that social media sites promote the woke BLM/Marxist/LGBTQ agenda.
Musk and other tech pioneers born between 1965 and 1980 were “vaguely left-wing but also center-right,” says Wong.
Wong: “They’re seeing their own version of “censorship,” and they’re making all the wrong assumptions about how social platform managers are running things,” she said.
After 2004, culture changed significantly, but Musk doesn’t understand it, says Wong.
“I know he doesn’t,” Wong said. “Because he was late to Bitcoin and would have been on Bitcoin a lot sooner if he had been paying attention to the internet.”
“He’s going to be in a lot of pain if he makes Twitter private,” Wong said. He has no idea what is going on.