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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James reacted Saturday to reports of a surge in hate speech on Twitter since Elon Musk bought the platform on Thursday.
James responds to reports from Drew Harwell, Taylor Lorenz and Cat Zakrzewski Washington post, which details the findings of a research group called the Network Contagion Research Institute. In the 12 hours after Musk took office, the use of the N-word on Twitter increased by nearly 500%, NCRI said.
In a tweet, LeBron called on Musk and Twitter to take the information seriously:
LeBron James @king james
I don’t know Elon Musk, and, I don’t care who owns Twitter. But I will say if it’s true I hope he and his guys take this seriously because it’s horrible AF. So many damn incompetent people say hate speech is free speech. https://t.co/Sy0jvXIBnC
CNN Dono Sullivan and Claire Duffy It was reported Thursday that Musk has finalized a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.
Musk, a 51-year-old South African who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been outspoken about his support for free speech, which has some Twitter users bracing for the return of prominently banned accounts such as the U.S. former president donald trump remove Following the riots at the Capitol on January 6, the platform exited in 2021 “due to the risk of further incitement to violence”.
It also raises questions about whether accounts that have been banned for racist remarks will be allowed, or whether accounts that use racist language will be allowed to continue to do so.
In response to a question about Twitter’s future, Musk noted that a content moderation committee will be formed:
Musk also noted that no decision has been made on the possible reinstatement of the account, and no decision has been made. made any changes to the platform’s content moderation policy.
Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, James has 52.3 million followers on Twitter, making him one of the platform’s most influential users.
Regardless of Musk’s plans for Twitter, he will no doubt be aware of LeBron’s concerns after the acquisition.