onsdag 4. mai 2022

Elon Musk 'Must Change' Twitter Policy: China State Media Bureau Chief

After Tesla CEO Elon Musk bought Twitter on Monday, some observers wondered if China—where the carmaker has an important plant and market—would subsequently wield more influence over the social media platform. On Friday, Chen Weihua, the EU bureau chief with state-controlled media outlet China Daily, called for the removal of the label on his Twitter bio as "China state-affiliated media." He called it a "suppression of free speech" and said the policy "must" be changed.

"Elon Musk should remove my label. Also, when people want to like or RT my tweets, they are now reminded by Twitter that 'this is state affiliated media'. This is totally discriminatory and suppression of free speech. Twitter must change such policy," Chen tweeted. Chen was responding to a tweet by Musk on 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," Musk wrote.