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PANDA pens an open letter to put up-Twitter Elon Musk

Bibliometric Details: Issue No: 5 | Issue Month:May | Issue Year:2022

The pleasure of many South Africans also can no longer support however swell this week when Elon Musk, the SA-born entrepreneur and richest particular person on the earth, obtained Twitter. Musk allegedly plans to snatch the social media company non-public, and has talked about he needs Twitter to adhere extra carefully to the solutions of free speech. As journalists, this files may no longer be extra welcome. In keeping with this files, PANDA – Pandemics ~ Data & Analytics – penned the next open letter to Elon Musk. – Nadya Swart

Originate letter to Elon Musk

By Abir Ballan, MPH*

Dear Elon,

Congratulations on the acquisition of Twitter. We hope this may occasionally support place the realm on discover to be a greater set apart of dwelling. 

You talked about that “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy and Twitter is the digital town sq. where issues a must-must the style forward for humanity are debated…” We hope here’s a promise to uphold the lawful to free speech and quiet assembly on Twitter; both very necessary parts of the democratic route of.

We hope the darkish days of witch-making an strive and e-book-burning are within the wait on of us. Human nature is no longer regularly at its ideal. Deception is now not unique. Corruption is now not unique. Greed for cash, energy and repute is now not unique. That is human nature. What’s no longer now not unique is for society to settle for the removal of the mechanism of error correction. We predict about that with free speech, errors may additionally be corrected and slither-doers may additionally be held to blame. 

Since the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic, authority figures have spread fraudulent knowledge unhindered. The truth of the matter is that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is no longer so recent and no longer as lethal to the final inhabitants as has been portrayed. The asymptomatic spread principle became a apprehension-mongering instrument long-established to subdue the inhabitants. The unconstitutional mandates of lockdowns, masks, social distancing, sorting out and reveal to tracing, and mass vaccination had been all ineffective within the management of this airborne virus and introduced on unheard of damage to society. Folks who dared to reveal out against them had been silenced and falsely accused of misinformation whereas the final public fell victim to relentless propaganda. The absurdity of these suppressions lies within the truth that mighty of what became regarded as misinformation a year ago is now common as truth by of us that encouraged such sanctions.

At some stage in historical previous, the slither-doers had been by no plan of us that spoke their truth at unheard of interior most rate. The slither-doers had been regularly these motivated to suppress the truth. What cease they have to conceal? What cease they have to make? How prolonged ought to mute they be allowed to walk free without being puzzled?

We peek forward to the modifications you notion to enforce on Twitter and request you to snatch into myth alongside with the next aspects to your first board meeting agenda: 

  1. #ReinstateTheVoices 
  2. #NoMoreShadowBanning 
  3. #PutALeashOnTheMinistryOfTruth
  4. Focus on about the recent aspects, open source algorithms, spam bots
  5. Interpret to the final public your personal home on ‘authenticating all other folks’. Does this merely reveal over with removing bots or does it encompass removing the doable of anonymity? Historically, many injustices had been published by nameless whistle-blowers.

PANDA is committed to open science, open society and open debate. Societies can no longer flourish without the braveness to reveal out and self-discipline existing assumptions.

Thanks for enjoying your phase. We are in a position to proceed to play ours. We owe it to our fellow electorate.

*Abir Ballan has a masters in Public Properly being and a background in psychology and training. She is appalled by how readily society has sacrificed its childhood all the plan via the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a member of the Govt Committee at PANDA (Pandemics ~ Data & Analytics) Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn.

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