Elon Musk's plans to restore freedom of speech on Twitter have run into a campaign by activists and large companies.
Elon Musk: "They're trying to destroy free speech in America"
At 15:28 CET, the new owner of Twitter has posted a message on his personal account noting the following: "Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists." Elon Musk is very clear when talking about the purpose of these activists: "They're trying to destroy free speech in America."
And who or what political or ideological sign are these groups of activists? Musk hasn't said it, but it's easy to imagine by looking at the poll he posted on Twitter this Wednesday, asked what advertisers should support. In the survey there were two options: "Freedom of speech" and "Political correctness". 2.7 million people voted and freedom of expression won with 78.3%. It is surprising that one in five people who have voted in this survey consider that political correctness is more important political correctness than freedom of speech. It is one more sample (and there are already many) of the anti-democratic drift of much of the political and media left.
The companies that have paused their advertising on Twitter after the arrival of Musk
Last week, General Motors suspended its advertising campaigns on Twitter as soon as Musk landed at the company. Yesterday it was learned that General Mills (owner of the popular Cheerios cereal brand), L'Oréal and Audi of America (a company that is part Volkswagen Group) have paused their campaigns of advertising on Twitter, after the purchase of this social network by Elon Musk and his announcements that he will recover freedom of expression on it. This Friday it became known that the Volkswagen Group has recommended its companies to pause their advertising campaigns on Twitter. That group is the owner of Volkswagen, Seat, Cupra, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Ducati and Porsche.
A powerful advertising company related to the Democratic Party
On November 1, The The New York Times pointed to the source of those pressures: "IPG, one of the world’s largest advertising companies, issued a recommendation on Monday through its media agencies for clients to temporarily pause their spending on Twitter because of moderation concerns, three people with knowledge of the communication said."
IPG is The Interpublic Group of Companies. Its CEO is Philippe Krakowsky, who on January 25, 2022 directed a letter to his employees criticizing the Supreme Court ruling on abortion, eliminating it as a constitutional right: "It is deeply unfortunate to witness decisions such as this one, that seek to bar access to individuals' rights to pursue choices that are consistent with the pursuit of their health and happiness,", the CEO of IPG said. On May 25, 2021 he wrote another letter to its employees criticizing "systemic inequality and structural racism", in line with the protests that the left was carrying out in the US. According to data published by Open Secrets, a US NGO that monitors donations to politicians, in 2022 Interpublic Group allocated 95.65% of its donations to the Democratic Party.
How many other maneuvers like that did we get to know about?
The next time you are told that "the powerful" and large companies are aligned with the right, remember cases like this. It is increasingly common to find large companies that carry out political activism in favor of the woke left, taking advantage of their position for actions as reprehensible as the pressure campaign that Musk is suffering so that it does not recover freedom of speech on Twitter. The question that must be asked now is: how many other political maneuvers have left-wing activist companies made to limit fundamental rights without us knowing about it?
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