Elon Musk’s social media company Twitter, now known as X, is hiring new staff members who will be tasked with censoring “election disinformation.”
As we’ve seen throughout past cycles, “disinformation” on social media typically refers to questioning election outcomes, but only when Democrats win.
For years, high-profile liberals such as Hillary Clinton have been getting a free pass from Big Tech to promote falsehoods about elections.
Meanwhile, anyone who raises legitimate concerns about races won by Democrats is smeared as an “election denier” and silenced online.
When Musk first bought Twitter last year, he vowed to make the platform a place where open debate could thrive.
However, the speech in that “open debate” may now be policed, with those found to be promoting so-called “disinformation” shut down by faceless moderators.
X has distributed a call for applicants to fill new roles tasked with combating disinformation amidst an approaching 2024 election.
This move will raise eyebrows among advocates of freedom of speech, particularly considering what happened when this was done with the 2020 election.
The release of the Twitter Files has also detailed instances of election censorship in the past.
This development, however, first quote-tweeted by Kristen Ruby, raises the question of hapless users being coerced by external forces – state authorities or Big Tech corporations.
Critics like Foundation For Freedom Online’s Mike Benz, who posted about this on X following Kristen Ruby’s tweet (@sparklingruby), have tagged these positions as creating covert channels for censorship, exacerbating the threat to freedom online.
The channels being tapped for recruitment further spur speculation about the true motives behind these positions.
The roles encompass the safeguarding of information integrity and the nurturing of civic conversations on X on a global scale.
Preference is being given to candidates adept in European Union languages for the positions which promise to deal with high-impact issues at a substantial scale.
What is particularly unsettling for freedom speech supporters is the conduit used for promoting the job postings – DisinfoDocket.com.
The site is backed by “anti-disinformation” groups having allegiances with federal cybersecurity agencies.
Compiling these facts together, it seems that the promised motto of free speech, once synonymous with Musk’s Twitter acquisition, is experiencing a jarring clash with the true intent behind these recently announced positions.
While Musk and X have yet to comment, it remains to be seen if the promise of free speech remains untouched as we head into the critical 2024 election.