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With free speech comes responsibility

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Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP - published on 04/28/22

Does Catholic social teaching have something to say about the Twitter buyout?

On Monday, Elon Musk brokered a deal to buy Twitter for some $44 billion. That deal, which may or may not go through, seems to be animated by Musk’s desire to advance free speech on the platform.

Shortly after announcing his bid to buy the social media giant, Musk said, “Twitter has become kind of the de facto town square, so it’s just really important that people have both the reality and the perception that they are able to speak freely within the bounds of the law.” Musk has repeatedly critiqued Twitter’s censorship. He criticized Twitter’s suspension of the New York Post (for the media outlet’s reporting of the Hunter Biden laptop story) and

spoke out
when The Babylon Bee was banned from the site (for its satirical article about Rachel Levine).

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