Posted BY: William Sullivan
Nothing against Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio’s 3rd District, but it was difficult not to raise an eyebrow at his tweet on Tuesday suggesting that the “Left is furious that there’s Free Speech on Twitter.”
There certainly does seem to be something going on at Twitter to allow more conservative voices to be heard, and given the openly malicious censorship on the platform that conservatives have endured these past years, that does bring more balance to the dialogue taking place there. Conservatives are celebrating this as a victory, while vexed liberals lament their loss of command in the progressive echo chamber that Twitter was until recently.
Is Twitter now a platform for more balanced discussion? Yes. But does “Free Speech” reign there? That would be incredibly difficult to argue.
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For example, when new owner Elon Musk was mulling whether Donald J. Trump would be allowed to return to Twitter, he concluded that the best way to do this is to put the question to a popular vote. After more than 15 million users weighed in, it was decided by a margin of 52-48 that Trump could return to the platform.
“The people have spoken,” Musk tweeted. “Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” which, loosely translated from Latin, means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” This is little more than an ancient fallacy that is often curiously deployed by people of modern and secular sensibilities.