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Elon Musk is finding out that free speech isn’t rocket science

By Blake Hounshell

30 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

“This is a battle for the future of civilization. If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead.”

So says Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Twitter, which remains, for now, the go-to place for political obsessives to argue over polarizing topics such as gender therapy, school vouchers and COVID-19 policy. Musk has indicated that he wants to relax the platform’s rules around what people can and cannot say there — but doesn’t want to make it a “free-for-all hellscape.”

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