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Alamy/PA Elon Musk is expected to address staff at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco on Friday
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Musk announces 'content moderation council' for Twitter
The announcement came as the website’s users wasted no time testing the limits of free speech on the platform.

NEW OWNER ELON Musk has announced he will form a “content moderation council” at Twitter to assess future policy on posting and on reinstating banned accounts.

“Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints,” he tweeted.

“No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.” 

The announcement came as the website’s users wasted no time testing the limits of free speech on the platform, with posts questioning transgender identity and the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of disease.

Hours after Musk took total ownership of the platform, conservative voices celebrated what they said was their newly-reclaimed right to free speech.

Podcaster Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) jumped straight in, tweeting: “BTW turns out men *CANT* get pregnant, Bring it, libs.”

The tweet sparked both support and derision, with those apparently in agreement replying with tweets like “Truth,” and “This is gonna be a great day.”

Others opted to mock the familiar attempt to “own” liberal opponents.

“Turns out you CAN’T get laid,” tweeted @sawthrewit.

The masks that were widely adopted during the Covid-19 pandemic, and which proved divisive in the United States despite scientists recommending their use, were also a popular topic.

“Now that we can tell the truth here after Elon Musk officially took over, I’m just going to come out and say it: Masks don’t work,” tweeted @ianmSC.

Almost like it was 2020 all over again, the tweet sparked a number of supportive comments and videos showing steamy breath escaping from the side of masks.

It also provoked the expected replies from the other side of the debate.

“So if you need surgery you’d be okay with the medical staff not wearing masks? I mean since they don’t work, right?” tweeted @marynol51.

The world’s richest man, a self-declared “free speech absolutist,” finalised his will-he-won’t-he takeover of Twitter late Thursday.

The mercurial Tesla chief tweeted, “let the good times roll,” his latest lighthearted gesture signaling his tumultuous, $44 billion bid to take Twitter private was finally done.

Musk has vowed to dial back content moderation, which conservatives say unfairly targets their views.

But detractors warn that without standards, the world’s “digital town square” is at risk of becoming a free-for-all of misinformation, with possibly perilous consequences for democracy and public health.

In true Twitter fashion, the conservative-led effort to test boundaries on Friday generated a few tongue-in-cheek efforts.

“Since this platform is allowing free-speech again I would just like to say that cool ranch Doritos are better than nacho cheese,” tweeted @KFILE.

While @Alyssafarah looked to set the cat amongst the pigeons with an old saw that never fails to prove incendiary: “The Rolling Stones > the Beatles”

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