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22 Nov, 2022 23:24

Musk outlines stance on 'completely fictional' AP report

The new Twitter boss points out the platform has not banned “even the most far left account spouting utter lies”
Musk outlines stance on 'completely fictional' AP report

Elon Musk has rejected accusations he was some kind of “right-wing bogeyman” and claimed that Twitter under his ownership has not banned any leftists, not even for “utter lies.” As an example, the new Twitter owner cited last week’s AP report claiming that a “Russian” missile had struck a village in Poland, which could have sparked World War III.

The comments came in response to conservative journalist Kyle Becker, who mocked “spoiled lefty journos” pretending that Musk was some kind of right-winger even though he was allowing “left-wing ‘fake news’” to remain on Twitter.

“As is obvious to all but the media, there is not one permanent ban on even the most far left account spouting utter lies,” Musk tweeted in response. 

“Not even Associated Press with their completely fictional report on Russian missiles hitting Poland that carried severe consequences for escalating the war,” he added, about 20 minutes later.

AP had quoted an anonymous US intelligence official to claim that “Russian missiles” had struck the village of Przewodow last Tuesday. The report almost led to a direct confrontation between Moscow and NATO before it emerged that a Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile was the culprit. AP then issued a retraction of sorts, saying “the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.” The news agency then fired the reporter involved.

Since acquiring Twitter in October, Musk has laid off hundreds of employees and reversed the “permanent suspensions” of multiple notable accounts, including former US President Donald Trump. He drew the line at Alex Jones, however, citing personal reasons.

Even as Musk boasted of not banning people for “utter lies,” Twitter suspended journalist Garland Nixon for a satirical “to do” list aimed at US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The notice sent to Nixon cited “hateful conduct” as the reason for the ban. A pro-Ukrainian troll campaign known as “NAFO” claimed credit for the ban.