Linda Yaccarino, the new CEO of Elon Musk’s Twitter/X, has boasted during a new interview that she has overseen measures to censor the American people on the platform.
According to Yaccarino, X is censoring the conditionally protected speech of Americans if their words fall into the vague category of “awful.”
During her interview with the outlet, Yaccarino appears to flip-flop on her positions regarding the First Amendment.
At some points, she echoes Musk’s championing of free speech.
Other times, however, she would suggest that censoring people is a positive thing if it fits a certain agenda.
When the subject of free speech was brought up, she would also often try to divert the conversation away by promoting other aspects of Twitter’s business plans.
This oscillation between defending free speech and avoiding the subject has drawn scrutiny, however.
It raises questions about the possible politicization of free speech and the role of tech giants in shaping public discourse.
“How is freedom of speech politicized?” Yaccarino asked during the interview, apparently perplexed