Musk outlines his stance on AP’s fake news – Reuters
New boss points out Twitter didn’t ban ‘even the most left-wing account spouting outright lies’
Dismissing the charges, he was kind of “right-wing scarecrow” On Tuesday, Elon Musk said that Twitter under his ownership had not banned any leftists, not even for “absolute lies”. As an example, he used last week’s AP report claiming that a “Russian” missile had hit a village in Poland, which nearly caused a third world war.
The comments came in response to conservative journalist Kyle Becker, who mocked “Spoiled Lefty Logs” claiming that Musk was some kind of right-winger even though he allowed “Left ‘fake news'” stay on Twitter.
“As is evident to all but the media, there is not a single permanent ban for even the most left-wing account spouting outright lies,” Musk tweeted in response.
“Not even the Associated Press with their completely fictional report on Russian missiles hitting Poland that had serious consequences for the escalation of the war,” he addedabout 20 minutes later.
Not even the Associated Press with their completely fictional report on the Russian missiles hitting Poland which had serious consequences for the escalation of the war
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022
AP quoted an unnamed US intelligence official to say that several “Russian” missiles had hit the village of Przewodow last Tuesday. The report almost led to a direct confrontation between Moscow and NATO before it emerged that a Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile was the culprit. AP then issued a sort of retraction, saying “the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine to defend against a Russian attack”, and fired the journalist involved.
Since acquiring Twitter in October, Musk has laid off hundreds of employees and canceled the “permanent suspension” from several notable accounts, including former US President Donald Trump. He drew the line to Alex Jones, however, citing personal reasons.
Even though Musk bragged about not banning people for “absolute lies”, Twitter suspended journalist Garland Nixon for a satirical “TO DO” list for US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The notice sent to Nixon quoted “hate conduct” as the reason for the ban. A pro-Ukrainian troll campaign known as “NAFO” claimed credit for the ban.
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