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Los Angeles Lakers point guard LeBron James reacted on Saturday to the protests that have been said on Twitter since Elon Musk took the platform Thursday.
James responds to articles from Drew Harwell, Taylor Lorenz and Cat Zakrzewski of The Washington Post, which details findings from a research group known as the Network Contagion Research Institute. The NCRI said that use of the N-word on Twitter increased nearly 500 percent in the 12 hours after Musk took over.
LeBron tweeted the following, calling for Musk on Twitter to take the message seriously:
LeBron James @King James
I don’t know Elon Musk and, tbh, I might like someone with twitter. But I will say that if this is true, I hope he and his people take this seriously because this is awesome AF. Many negative people say hate speech is freedom of speech. https://t.co/Sy0jvXIBnC
CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan and Clare Duffy reported Thursday that Musk has completed a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.
Musk, a 51-year-old South African and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has publicly expressed his support for freedom of speech, which has led some Twitter users to support the return of banned accounts, such as . of former United States President Donald Trump, who is removed from the platform in 2021 “because of the risk of inciting more violence” next Jan. 6 Capitol Rebellion.
It has also led to questions about whether accounts banned for racist language should be allowed, or if accounts that use racist language should continue to do so. .
In response to questions about the future of Twitter, Musk said that a content management council would be created:
Musk also said that no decision has been made regarding the ability to recover accounts, and has not been made any changes made in terms of content management of the platform.
James is considered one of the best players of all time and has 52.3 million followers on Twitter, making him one of the most influential users on the platform.
Regardless of Musk’s plans for Twitter, it will undoubtedly make him aware of LeBron’s subsequent concerns over his takeover.