It’s official. The board of Twitter has accepted Elon Musk’s offer to buy Twitter for $44 billion, which will make the company private and will take control away from the biased speech police that have gotten away with silencing speech for far too long.

Conservatives expect this huge purchase by Musk to be the shift towards a more neutral social platform where free speech is actually reinstated. Liberals on MSNBC are worried that some speech could start to be banned, showing just how far from reality they really are.

“If you own all of Twitter or Facebook or what have you, you don’t even have to explain yourself. You don’t even have to be transparent. You could secretly ban one party’s candidate or all of its candidates,” said MSNBC host Ari Melbur. 

The disconnection between the two political ideologies online is alarming and so strategically operated by algorithms. 

“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” Elon wrote on Twitter after the deal was made public. 

That’s all we can do is hope the world’s richest man is genuine in his desire to keep all speech online. Once Twitter is officially private, Elon will be able to decide how far his control over millions of users’ speech extends, and with his unpredictable and somewhat peculiar nature, it remains to be seen how he plans to remake the future of social media networking. 

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The problem that will not simply go away with the shift in ownership is the ability to censor certain people and ideas online. Maybe Elon will decide that morally it’s right to allow all viewpoints to be expressed, but what’s to stop any other wealthy and power-hungry individual from continuing online censorship for years to come?

The biased shadow-banning has gone unpunished and unaccounted for in our legal system and has been essentially dismissed by Congress’ inability to take action against Big Tech oligarchs. Many lawsuit have been filed and are currently being dealt with by the courts which levs

We can’t let one win for free speech make us forget the information control capacity others knowingly hold like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai 

Because Twitter has strayed so far from our First Amendment rights, the change of leadership can be looked at in a positive light, but at the same time, we must make sure people are held accountable so that phony fact-checkers and speech police can’t determine what’s acceptable based on their own preferences. 

Silence Dogood, who writes under Benjamin Franklin’s famous pseudonym, is an intern with the Convention of States Project, a project of Citizens for Self-Governance.