Twitter is now run by a man called Parag Agrawal, who has said plainly he does not believe in free speech.
Parag Agrawal took over from Jack Dorsey
Agrawal came to this country as an adult to get a degree from Stanford. Now, Agrawal controls the single most important forum for America’s political conversation. That is a big and important job. It’s such a public company. It’s much more than that. It’s a kind of public trust that allows us democracy to function. So, you would think you’d want a guy like that, in a position like that, to have some respect for his adopted country’s core institutions, beginning with and primarily the First Amendment, but Agrawal has no respect for First Amendment or our Constitution. He explained that openly in a 2020 speech.
PARAG AGRAWAL: Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation. The kinds of things that we do to work about this is to focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed. One of the changes today that we see is speech is easy on the internet. Most people can speak but our role, which is particularly emphasized, is who can be heard?
Oh, so the new standard isn’t your right as a citizen to say what you believe is true. The new standard is achieving something called healthy public conversation. By the way, this is not one man’s opinion.
You grew up in a country where people are free to say what they wanted, but now that political speech, in fact, all speech is disseminated to other citizens via social media, this is the guy who actually controls what you’re allowed to think. …
A healthy public conversation is whatever Parag Agrawal wants it to be. He decides the meaning.
In other words, a single man who has total and undisguised contempt for America’s most basic values gets to decide what Americans are allowed to talk about.
Parag Agrawal doesn’t think you should know about Hunter Biden’s laptop. That’s unhealthy. So, he censors the story. You don’t get to see it. He doesn’t think you should be allowed to discuss basic biology in public. We’re erasing all science because it’s unhealthy. So, now you’re not allowed to talk about it. In fact, you’re banned, silenced, censored. …
Not so long ago, this was a free country. Now Parag Agrawal and nine other billionaires, whose names you might not even know, who certainly were not elected to anything, get to determine the limits of your conversations.
Listen To Agrawal from 12:46:
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific