TAKE ACTION: Protect Freedom of the Press on Twitter
Since Elon Musk purchased Twitter in October 2022, the new owner has opened the door to fraud, disinformation, and abuse. His recent reckless decision to suspend numerous journalists' Twitter accounts and the reversal of these suspensions was an attempt to silence journalists for simply doing their jobs. This comes amid broken public promises around the site's terms of service and efforts to protect users' privacy and safety.
While pretending to give power back to the people, Elon Musk is turning Twitter into an autocratic system where neo-Nazi accounts are restored while journalists' accounts are suspended. This is a dangerous turn that raises deep concerns.
Twitter's role as a communications platform is essential. While Elon Musk may own the platform, several parties have a role to play in ensuring accountability.
- Advertisers should ensure Elon Musk does not profit from dismantling one of the world's most influential communications platforms.
- The Federal Trade Commission should investigate whether any of Musk's actions since taking over Twitter violate the company's existing consent decree or any other laws enforced by the commission. The commission should also share those findings with the public.
- Congress should move quickly to hold hearings on this incident and the potential for a privately held forum for national dialogue to endanger journalism and democracy, as well as explore potential remedies.
If you agree, help us meet the moment at hand: Sign on to our open letter in support of these immediate actions now.