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Is Twitter a force for social good?

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Is Twitter a force for social good?

Yes and no, but free speech does not entail a duty to provide a platform for hatred, to which no one has a right

Contributor and analyst

Twitter is the best and worst thing that has happened to public debate.

On the one hand, it has reduced the power of gatekeepers. You no longer need to have a letter published in a newspaper for you to be heard everywhere. You can tweet your truth, unedited, right now. That is (mostly) a good thing. On the other hand, it has enabled greater volumes of viciousness. This is seemingly the price we must pay for expanding the number of voices that can participate in public debate.

With Elon Musk having emerged as the imminent new owner of the social media platform, and committed to what he describes as free speech “absolutism”, this raises the question of whether, on balance, Twitter is a force for social good despite the pitfalls that come with it?..

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