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Elon Musk Can Use The First Amendment To Make Twitter Open To Free Speech Again

Edit buttons, open-source algorithms, long-form tweets, and stopping scam bots are just some of the modifications  suggested he would implement in the run-up to his successful bid to buy . All of those sound like interesting ideas.

But none of them will directly improve the prospects for free and open dialogue on the platform, which appear to be Musk’s overarching reason for buying the company. As he has rightly said, “ is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”

Musk also recently tweeted, “By ‘free speech,’ I simply mean that which matches the law. I am against that goes far beyond the law.” He is on the right track. Twitter should do what “matches the law” by modeling its policies after standards.

Musk’s commitment is a breath of fresh air for

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