Elon MuskCanadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and prominent conservatives slammed an Axios article about “activists” warning that lives would be “at risk” if Musk reinstated banned Twitter accounts.
On Thursday, Axios published an article which it shared on Twitter with the title: “Activists warn of lives at risk over Elon Musk’s amnesty plans for suspended Twitter accounts.”
Musk said he would reinstate banned accounts after a Wednesday poll found that was what Twitter users wanted. In response to Musk’s statement, the Axios article reported: “Activists warn the situation would worsen if people like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke were welcomed back after bans. permanent charges for hate speech”.
The Noted Axios report that hate speech has already increased on the platform since Musk’s purchase, saying that “online monitoring groups have reported an increase in racism, anti-Semitism and other hate speech on Twitter since that free speech advocate Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition of the social media company last month, although the billionaire said on Thursday it had declined.
The article also quoted activists, including the CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, Imran Ahmed, who said: “Superspreaders of hate, abuse and harassment will be the only people to benefit from this last decision by Twitter.”
However, Twitter users dismissed the Axios article as just another part of the media vendetta against Musk for refusing to support liberal narratives.
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong noted that the fearmongering reports summed up the media’s attitude toward Twitter owner Musk, tweeting, “The story of our time. Establishment media in a nutshell.”
Still, Cheong acknowledged, “At least Axios is admitting here that people opposed to @elonmusk’s amnesty are activists, correctly identifying the Center for Countering Digital Hate as an activist group, not experts. “
Elon Musk himself responded to Cheong’s comment on the article by tweeting, “Much ado about nothing.”
Conservative digital strategist Logan Hall wrote: “See how the censorship machine works? totem pole to left-wing big tech activists. they’re all working together.”
Fox News Contributor joe shell ridiculed the Axios story, tweeting, “Yeah. That’s a real title.”
Libertarian Twitter user Preston Byrne pushed back against Axios’ account, writing, “To date I have never seen or heard of anyone being killed by a social media post. I have seen social media posts alerting law enforcement to criminal behavior. A threat coupled with an IP address is really helpful for law enforcement.”
Journalist Carl Gottlieb mocked the activists quoted by the article. He wrote: “‘Activists’ is there something they don’t know?”
Christian conservative influencer Amy Curtis explained the real thinking behind Axios’ story, tweeting, “Let me translate this for you: @elonmusk has broken the left’s absolute grip on a – ONE – platform social media and they argue that lives are at risk because they might be exposed to an opinion they don’t like. This isn’t about ‘misinformation’ or ‘security’… just power.”
RealClearInvestigations associate editor Benjamin Weingarten dismissed the report, tweeting, “Enemies of freedom gonna hate.”
Psychologist and author Dr Jordan Peterson even joined in the mockery, tweeting: “‘Activists warn’, let’s all hide.”