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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James responded Saturday to a reported increase in hate speech on Twitter following his acquisition of Elon Musk’s platform on Thursday.
James responded to reports from Drew Harwell, Taylor Lorenz and Kat Zakrzewski The Washington Post, which includes detailed findings from a research group known as the Network Contagion Research Institute. NCRI said that in the 12 hours since Musk took office, the use of the N word on Twitter increased by almost 500 percent.
LeBron tweeted the following, calling on Musk and Twitter to take the information seriously:
LeBron James @King James
I don’t know Elon Musk and, tbh, I could care less about the owner of Twitter. But I will say that if it’s true, I hope he and his people take it seriously because it’s scary AF. Too many unqualified people to say that hate speech is free speech. https://t.co/Sy0jvXIBnC
of CNN Donnie O’Sullivan and Claire Duffy reported Thursday that Musk finalized a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.
Musk, who is a 51-year-old native of South Africa and CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, has been outspoken about his support for free speech, which has left some Twitter users bracing for the return of notably banned accounts, such as Which belonged to former US President Donald Trump removed From the platform in 2021 “due to the risk of further incitement to violence” following the January 6 Capitol uprising.
It has also led to questions about whether accounts banned for racist rhetoric will be allowed back, or whether accounts that use racist language will be allowed to continue to do so.
In response to questions about Twitter’s future, Musk noted that a content moderation council would be created:
Musk also noted that no decision has been made, nor has been, regarding the possible restoration of the accounts Any changes made to the Platform’s Content Moderation Policy.
James is considered one of the greatest players of all time and 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 surely be made aware of LeBron’s concerns over his acquisition.