By: Benyamin Davidsons
Bill Maher voiced his support for Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, saying the company needs a “new sheriff”. The comedian referred to how the social media platform allegedly neglected the First Amendment when it kicked the New York Post off the platform two years ago, after the newspaper first published the bombshell report about Hunter Biden’s laptop. “The argument to me is, has Twitter failed in setting themselves up in the past as the judge of what can go out there? And I would say yes, you have,” said Maher on Friday on HBO’s ‘Real Time’. “You failed when you threw the New York Post off of Twitter for talking about Hunter Biden’s emails. And it turned out that was a real story. You failed when you said we couldn’t read about whether COVID had come from a lab. You failed!”
Musk recently purchased the public social media company for $44 billion, taking it over as a private company. The self-made billion, founder of Tesla, The Boring Company and SpaceX, made clear that his intention in the purchase is to restore freedom of speech. “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement. Meher, along with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi and former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), rallied against the censorship that Twitter has provided in the past, welcoming the change in leadership.
As per the Post, back in October 2020, Twitter had justified locking the NY Post out of its account. Twitter and Facebook had both blocked users who tried to spread the information or share the link. Twitter had also blocked users from sharing The Post article which said that Hunter Biden introduced President Joe Biden to the Ukrainian businessman–labeling the link as “potentially harmful.”
A month later former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted Twitter made a “mistake” by barring users from sharing the articles about Hunter Biden’s emails, which were found in his abandoned laptop in a pc repair store in Delaware. Both he and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg were questioned by lawmakers at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about their companies’ alleged censorship and were accused of being partial to the liberal side and disproportionately blocking conservative news. “It was literally just a process error. This was not against them in any particular way,” Dorsey later told congress.