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Opinion: “Put The Cocaine Back In…” Elon Musk’s Freedom Of Speech Policy Needs Some Filters

Elon Musk the world's richest man who just bought the social media platform-- Twitter for $44 billion, tweeted, about his intentions to buy the world-famous and most loved beverage brand Coca-Cola.

File Photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

New Delhi: If a man whose net worth is $ 273 billion sets out in a mood to shop, imagine what can not be on his shopping list. Elon Musk, the world’s richest man who just bought social media platform Twitter for $44 billion, tweeted on Thursday about buying the world-famous and one of the most loved beverage brands — Coca-Cola.

“Next, I’m buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in,” wrote Musk. If we think about his tweet, it can be a just joke, but who can tell what’s on his mind. Apart from buying Coca-Cola, Musk also appeared to be advocating drug use.

Musk, who projects ‘freedom of speech’ as the reason behind his decision to buy Twitter, can now be seen publicly endorsing a drug-mixed cold drink.

What is worth noticing over here is that he is now the person in charge of monitoring the content. And as per his ‘freedom of speech’ policy, there are no added filters to the content yet.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said earlier in a statement.

Some Twitter users who took his drug advocacy seriously, supported and demanded to “bring back” the drug-mixed beverage. One of the users named Pranay Pathole tweeted, “This is the first publicly sold bottle of Coca-Cola in 1894 which contained 3.5 grams of cocaine. Bring it back.”

His fun with the use of drugs in the cool beverage continued when he penned down a tagline for the product, he tweeted, “Real magic is only a sip away. (Actual slogan of Coca-Cola!!)”

The CEO of SpaceX is friendly with drugs and that already came to the public’s notice over three years back in 2018, when Elon Musk appeared on a podcast with American podcaster, comedian Joe Rogan, who offered him a hand-rolled cigarette mixed with half tobacco and half marijuana, as was explained by Rogan himself on the show.

Musk was also spotted taking puffs from the hand-rolled “joint”, on which mixed reactions floated over the internet but what must have hit him hard was the decline of Tesla’s shares by 9 per cent, after his appearance on the show, as was cited in a news article by BBC.

As we talk about the freedom of speech, it also becomes important to talk about the responsibilities that come with the rights and power, here managing a social media giant like Twitter. Musk must be reminded it is a power that has to be used judicially.

The purchase and management of Twitter by Musk and the subsequent actions can be a deal maker or breaker for this tech giant.

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