Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that Twitter will now legitimately “follow the science” compared to how it was allegedly doing so before being taken over by the South African billionaire.
“New Twitter policy is to follow the science, which necessarily includes reasoned questioning of the science,” Musk tweeted.
New Twitter policy is to follow the science, which necessarily includes reasoned questioning of the science
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 28, 2022
Canadian evolutionary psychologist Gad Saad replied to Musk, sarcastically tweeting: the science is anything that His Eminence Lord Fauci says it is. His Excellency is science.” Musk then responded back, “Anyone who says that questioning them is questioning science itself cannot be regarded as a scientist.”
Saad and Musks posts refer to how Dr. Anthony Fauci’s statements last year that he symbolized “truth and integrity” and said that those who question him are questioning science itself.
“People go to medical school now, people are interested in science, not because of me, because people most people don’t know me who I am. My friends know me. My wife knows me. But people don’t know me. It’s what I symbolize,” said Fauci. “And what I symbolize, in an era of the normalization of untruths, and lies, and all the things you’re seeing going on in society from January 6 to everything else that goes on, people are craving for consistency for integrity, for truth and for people caring about people,” he added.
In an interview with MSNBC, Fauci said, “if you’re attacking me, you’re really attacking science.”
Musk’s position to actually follow science comes after a new set of Twitter Fiels that showed that the platform pre-Musk worked hand in hand with the federal government to censor and deplatform dissenting voices. The files show that Twitter suppressed any information that challenged the “official” narrative.
David Zweig of the Free Press showed files that showed the government “pressured Twitter and other social media platforms to elevate certain content and suppress other content about Covid-19.”
“Internal files at Twitter that I viewed while on assignment for @thefp showed that both the Trump and Biden administrations directly pressed Twitter executives to moderate the platform’s pandemic content according to their wishes.”
“At the onset of the pandemic, according to meeting notes, the Trump admin was especially concerned about panic buying. They came looking for “help from the tech companies to combat misinformation” about “runs on grocery stores.” But . . . there were runs on grocery stores.”
“The Trump White House,” that document read, “specifically Michael Kratsios, led the Trump Administration’s calls for help from the tech companies to combat misinformation. Areas of focus included conspiracies around 5G cell towers, runs of grocery stores, and misinformation that could stoke panic buying and behaviors.”