Human Rights Campaign Responds to Elon Musk's Purchase of Twitter

by Laurel Powell

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, issued a statement following Elon Musk completing his purchase of Twitter, one of the world's largest social media platforms:

We are very concerned about Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter. Musk has pledged to restore the accounts of dangerous people who push extremism and disinformation. When this happens, Twitter - a place where many marginalized people, including LGBTQ+ people, find both community and face an onslaught of hate - will quickly become even more hostile. Adding insult to injury, Musk's reported plans to cut staff levels - including employees who provide moderation - are deeply troubling.

As a company, Twitter has a right, and a responsibility, to keep its platform from being exploited to fuel a dangerous media environment. This isn't about censorship or discrimination of ideas - it is about what kind of company they want to be and what kind of world they want to shape.

Jay Brown, HRC Senior Vice President of Programs, Research, and Training.

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