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On Tuesday, Billionaire Elon Musk had his first day as the owner of Twitter. According to RT new, Musk has qualified his much-hyped embrace of “free speech”, reassuring global governments that he will obey their speech restrictions under the reasoning that such officials behave according to the will of the people they govern.

Musk explained on his Twitter feed on April 26th 2022 what he meant by free speech: “By ‘free speech’, I simply mean that which matches the law. I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law. If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect. Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people.”

The statement was vague in that it did not clarify which country’s laws he intended to adhere to.

The EU commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton allegedly said that Musk will have to follow Europe’s strict new rules under the name ‘Digital Services Act’, aimed at forcing social network platforms to police their content aggressively, disclosing proprietary algorithms to regulators and explaining how they are productive in complying with EU rules on hate speech and misinformation. If Musk does not comply with these rules, he will face fines, or possibly a continental ban.

The day before Musk explained what he meant by the term ‘free speech’ he had taken to his Twitter feed claiming, “free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy” and he described himself as a ‘free speech absolutist’.

On Monday the Tesla Product Architect purchased Twitter for $44 billion, vowing that he would take it private and return it to its roots as “the free speech wing of the free speech party.”

In a later tweet (on Wednesday), Musk tweeted, “Truth Social (terrible name) exists because Twitter censored free speech.”

Truth Social is a social network platform that Donald Trump launched after he was kicked off Twitter, Facebook and Youtube in early 2021.

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