Some politicians are ready to leave Twitter after its acquisition by Elon Musk

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Many French political figures are wondering about their way of using Twitter since the social network was bought by billionaire Elon Musk, who is shaking up its moderation. Some say they are ready to leave the platform.

None of the French politicians will reach – and this is lucky – the frenzy with which Donald Trump used Twitter as his privileged tool when he was in the White House. However, the American social network has become a requirement for any elected official. Talking about one’s action or one’s camp, expressing anger on this and that topic, referring to one’s choices, is now a classic activity for politicians. Some also did not hesitate to cross swords or even insult each other without nuance in 280 signs.

The boomerang effect of old tweets

Some have become experts in using this tool, from Emmanuel Macron to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, from Gérald Darmanin to Danièle Obono. But if Twitter allows you to react quickly — sometimes too quickly — it also has a terrible boomerang effect for elected officials who may find themselves with embarrassing old tweets that no longer exist. corresponds to their current positioning or, on the contrary, reveals an ongoing thought .

We saw it again with the deputy RN Grégoire de Fournas – authorized by the Assembly for the launch of “Let him return to Africa” ​​​​with the deputy LFI Carlos Martens Bilongo – whose old tweets showed the same nauseating statements.

“Twitter kills democracy, kills politics” for Yannick Jadot

But since Twitter was taken over by the eccentric Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space X, who wants to make the network a space of total freedom, without filters, and therefore potentially exposed to a sharp increase in hate speech and conspiracy, many political the figures wonder if we should leave the platform. “Social networks are an attack on democracy,” EELV MEP Yannick Jadot said on Monday, specifically criticizing Twitter.

“We had a system that, as we know, is predatory from an environmental point of view, predatory from a social point of view, but now these social networks are an attack on democracy. You have algorithms that want boost instability in some way, wanting to boost invective, insult, including racist remarks or threats. You have a kind of profitability that is the number of views. You have absolute short-termism. Twitter is killing democracy, killing politics, on Twitter in the end Trump will win” summed up Yannick Jadot.

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This concern is shared by MEP Stéphane Séjourné. The president of the Renew group and secretary general of the presidential Renaissance party, indicated that Renew will request the hearing of the European Parliament with Elon Musk. “Whatever Mr. Musk, our motto will remain: our continent, our choices. We need to make sure Twitter continues to take action against misinformation and hate speech.”

Some elected officials are also questioning their personal use of the network. Government spokesman Olivier Véran wondered about the use he would make in the future of a Musk version of Twitter. “I consider it an important communication tool. The fact that this major global tool belongs to someone and it has ambitions worries me quite a bit, for some of them in any case, I remain vigilant and, if necessary, I will do my own responsibilities” he assures before refusing future certification terms.

On the right some approve of a Twitter without moderation

Elon Musk wants to pay for getting the certification of accounts that have so far kept identity theft thanks to a blue dot. “I invited them to decertify my account without delay if they believe it is something that will be useful”, launched Mr. Véran. “It will hurt me a little” to pay for a certified account, for his part affirmed the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire. “The question of whether or not to stay on Twitter is a serious one,” reacted the PS deputy from Essonne Jérôme Guedj… on Twitter.

But Musk’s Twitter takeover doesn’t worry some right-wing personalities. LR MEP Nadine Morano believes that “Twitter must remain neutral” when Nicolas Dupont-Aignan faced European Commissioner Thierry Breton who recalled that “the blue bird will fly according to our rules”. “The EU is already shaking after the takeover of Twitter. Are you afraid of freedom of expression? asked Dupont-Aignan.

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