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New Twitter CEO de-prioritizes free speech in favor of addressing ‘harm’


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Washington Examiner


The appointment of Parag Agrawal as the CEO of Twitter has alarmed conservatives because of his statements that he does not prioritize free speech and that his platform is not neutral when it comes to content.

At the same time, though, technology industry insiders expect that based on Agrawal's engineering background, he will also likely push the platform to provide users with greater choice in content moderation.


Agrawal, 37, who took over the social media giant from former CEO Jack Dorsey earlier this week, joined Twitter in 2011 as a software engineer before rising through the ranks to become the company’s chief technology officer in 2017 and one of Dorsey’s closest advisers.

Agrawal is taking control as social media giants face increasing scrutiny from the Left and the Right and a heightened threat of significant regulation. In outlining his thoughts on content moderation in an interview with the MIT Technology Review in November, Agrawal said Twitter is trying to balance mitigating harm caused by false content and misinformation without becoming an arbiter of truth.:snip:

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