May 28, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Dictators and censorship: Maimane name drops Zim president in question to new Twitter boss Elon Musk

A leader of the SA movement, Mmusi Maimane, singled out Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni in a question to new Twitter owner Elon Musk about freedom of speech and access to the platform.

< p>Maimane was reacting to Musk’s deal to buy the popular social media network for $44 billion (R700 billion).

He asked Musk what role Twitter will play in facilitating free speech and access to social media in parts of the world where it is not is allowed.

“We have dictators like Emmerson Mnangagwa and Museveni who are actively opposed to freedom of speech online and in their states. You have expressed that your acquisition is about enshrining freedom of expression on Twitter. How does that apply to those who are active enemies of free speech?”

After closing the deal earlier this week, Musk said that violating people’s right to free speech on the platform is not would be tolerated.

“Freedom of expression is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace where important issues affecting the future of humanity are discussed,” he said.

Musk added that freedom of speech will not go beyond the law.

By ‘freedom of speech’ I mean simply what is in accordance with the law. I am against censorship that goes well beyond the law. If people want less freedom of expression, they will ask the government to legislate accordingly. Therefore, it goes against the will of the people to go beyond the law,” Musk said.

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