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Mere days after condemning Elon Musk’s reinstatement of former president Donald Trump’s account on Twitter, Sam Harris quietly deleted his own.
“The prevailing opinion among ‘free speech absolutists’ appears to be that this platform, in order to become healthy, must helplessly publish the malicious lies of any maniac, at scale, regardless of the consequences. Good luck with that,” Harris tweeted last Saturday after Musk’s infamous poll that asked Twitter users whether Trump should be allowed to return to the platform.
This news comes on the heels of Harris’s appearance on Bill Maher’s podcast, Club Random, during which the former discussed how much flak he had caught for his remarks that suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story was justified in order to prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidency in 2020. Harris had made these controversial comments in August. “I don’t care what’s in Hunter Biden’s laptop,” Harris had told the hosts of the podcast Triggernometry. “At that point, Hunter Biden literally could have had the corpses of children in his basement. I would not have cared.”
Harris challenged the evolving free-speech guidelines Musk has been implementing. The prospect of Trump’s return to Twitter seems to have been the last straw for Harris.
The news rippled across the so-called intellectual dark web (IDW), a loose affiliation of commentators and pundits who were once unified in their opposition to political correctness and free speech. Claire Lehmann, founder of the online publication Quillette, also quit Twitter.
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