Yesterday, Twitter’s authoritarian CEO Jack Dorsey stepped down, allowing Twitter’s Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal to take over the helm of one of the world’s largest disseminators of news.
Conservative Twitter users who’ve become accustomed to the unfair, one-sided censorship on the far-left social media platform were hopeful that the new CEO would take a more neutral, less authoritarian approach to the flow of information on their social media platform. Their hope was quickly dashed when tweets from the new CEO were discovered.
Here is one example of a 2010 tweet by Agrawal that have Twitter users questioning the objectivity of the new Twitter CEO:
“If they are not gonna make a distinction between Muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists?” Argawal wrote in 2010.
During a November 2020 interview, Agrawal spoke to MIT’s EmTech podcast about misinformation, which is defined as intentionally false or misleading information shared in an attempt to push a specific narrative. Agrawal told Gideon Lichfield, Tech Review’s editor-in-chief, that the First Amendment was not something Twitter was bound by.
“You’re caught in a bit of a hard place as somebody in the audience is also pointing out, that you’re trying to combat misinformation,” Lichfield asked Agrawal, “you also want to protect free speech as a core value, and also in the US as the First Amendment. How do you balance those two?”
“The kinds of things we do to work about this is to focus less on free speech but thinking about how the times have changed. He explained how Twitter’s role is to decide who can be heard, “Anybody can speak—our role is particularly emphasized on who can be heard.”
Listen to Twitter’s new CEO explain how he doesn’t respect free speech: