Elon Musk, serial entrepreneur, at TED2013: The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered. Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Long Beach, CA. Photo: James Duncan Davidson
Since billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, we feel that Western countries and supranational authorities have been somewhat embarrassed into the corners. As long as the leaders of the vast social network are “on the good side”, we can get along. Censoring speech, excluding dissident personalities, accounts jumping, followers disappearing, double standards between the progressive camp and those who oppose it: the Rules of Twitter (with a capital R , like most catechisms) did not hide their sympathy. . We are there, to use Darmanin’s formula, “mean with the mean”. Musk’s demands, even before the acquisition, on the transparency of the algorithms or the number of fake accounts, began to cause some anxiety among the employees and leaders of the blue bird. Now there is panic.
In Europe, too, panic is beginning to show. Freedom of expression, and then what? In a continent ruled by Ursula von der Leyen, elected by no one, herself surrounded by an Areopagus elected by no one, we have a problem with these concepts from another time. As proof, the reaction of Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the internal market, to the origin of the European legislation (the Digital Services Act, or DSA) which limits the freedom of expression in the Old Continent and even provides financial penalties against to companies that violate it. “In Europe, said Thierry Breton, the bird will fly according to our European rules”. With the extreme limits of sanctions provided for, we have seen Twitter evictions across the European Union. This is what is called a “strong signal”.
“The bird is free,” tweeted the new CEO, after making a spectacular entrance into his new company’s premises, a sink in his arms. This cleaning metaphor is Donald Trump’s (“Drain the swamp”), which will probably come back on Twitter. Let’s not jump to the conclusion that Musk is necessarily a philanthropist or an idealist. Photos, which the progressive camp sent complacently, of employees sleeping in their office to show that they should not be fired, or dismissals by email, are beginning to be exploited. Musk is a visionary and probably a genius. Let’s give him time to develop a long-term strategy that he’s probably been mulling over for a long time. He doesn’t belong to any minority, funds Republicans and (perhaps worst of all) only says common sense things that make wokists groan. Let’s give him time to take his place in a universe that hates him more – because he is against us, us.
This hatred against Musk, which is already evident in the completely biased narrative that European newspapers repeat like parrots, is in fact a hatred of freedom of expression. Hate speech is, in fact, very present and not at all moderate in Europe, and in particular in France: fundamentalist Islamic sermons, Nick Conrad’s songs, exits from France Insoumise or the Parti des Indigènes de la République … None of this comes as a surprise to the European Union. This is no less serious than the possibility of having, in Europe, conflicting sources of information. Well, let’s go, let’s ban Twitter like we banned RT and Sputnik. Let’s even promote a kind of European ORTF, with mandatory programs. Let’s push the totalitarian movement to the end. But let’s keep in mind that we will have a hard time teaching China or Russia a lesson after this. We no longer give anything to Qatar or Saudi Arabia, which, as we know, are good friends of Europe and defenders of democracy.
Will our antiquated human rights language save us from ridicule? I’m afraid it’s too late.