Since its takeover by Elon Musk, the social network Twitter continues to be at the heart of controversy. After the rehabilitation of suspended accounts, it is Slovenia’s turn to fuel the controversy over this takeover. This Saturday, the country’s ruling party, the Freedom Movement (GS), said in a statement that it was leaving the social network Twitter. “ Given the behavior and announcements of Twitter’s new owner and management, we can expect them to open their doors more to indecent communication and hate speech.”can we read in the press release.
The GS, the party of liberal Prime Minister Robert Golob, won the general elections in April. His victory was based in particular on a program that promised to restore decency in politics and strengthen the rule of law, undermined according to him by former conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
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During these legislative elections, unlike his opponent, Robert Golob argued that he would not use the platform “to avoid the temptation of fast fingers”, those who react too quickly on the network. Janez Jansa, on the other hand, is an avid Twitter user with more than 100,000 followers in a country of two million people. He used the platform to confront critics and the media.
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But the recent takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk seems to confirm Robert Golob in his decision to no longer use this particular social network. The Freedom Movement, which holds 41 of the 90 seats in parliament, said its Twitter account had been blocked for three weeks due to technical issues. Over time, the need to be present on this network to effectively address citizens was no longer present.
“At the same time, the platform has been misused by members and supporters of certain political parties to polarize society, spread fake news, manipulate, discredit, offend or even use hate speech”said the GS, adding that he did not want to take part in this speech.