(RoyalPatriot.com )- When Elon Musk said he would be rolling back the platform’s content moderation measures, far-left groups reacted angrily, calling for an inquiry. Far-left groups are allegedly lobbying advertisers to quit the site if Musk does not reverse his decision.
Some of the nation’s most well-known brands, including Coca-Cola CCEP, Disney DIS, and Kraft (KHC), are facing calls to boycott Twitter if the company’s soon-to-be owner, billionaire Elon Musk, rolls back content moderation policies that limit hate speech and election misinformation.
In a letter sent to brands on Tuesday, ahead of the NewFronts digital advertising conference in 2022, more than two dozen civil society organizations urged marketers to obtain commitments from Twitter to maintain its most critical policies, including those on civic integrity and hateful conduct, and to threaten to withdraw funding if Twitter does not comply with their demands.
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, GLAAD, Media Matters For America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Women’s March are just a few far-left organizations that have signed on to this letter.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
As top advertisers on Twitter, your brand risks association with a platform amplifying hate, extremism, health misinformation, and conspiracy theorists. Under Musk’s management, Twitter risks becoming a cesspool of misinformation, with your brand attached, polluting our information ecosystem in a time where trust in institutions and news media is already at an all-time low. Your ad dollars can either fund Musk’s vanity project or hold him to account. We call on you to demand Musk uphold these basic standards of community trust and safety, and to pull your advertising spending from Twitter if they are not.
The letter comes after Twitter’s board of directors overwhelmingly authorized Musk’s takeover of the company for $44 billion, or $54.20 per share, last week.
Musk responded to the letter In a tweet. The billionaire asked who sponsors these groups who seek to regulate your information access. He said that question deserves investigating and that sunlight is the finest disinfectant.
Last week, Musk stated that the assaults are coming thick and fast, particularly from the left, unsurprising. He said that he should clarify that the right will most likely be dissatisfied as well.
“My objective is to maximize the area under the curve of overall human pleasure, which represents the middle 80% of individuals,” Musk said.
Musk also stated that Twitter must be politically neutral to earn public confidence, which implies offending both the extreme right and the far left equally.