The International Federation of Journalists argued that “unregulated speech” on the social media network would harm quality journalism A sign is pictured outside the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California, April 25, 2022 © AP / Jed Jacobson

The International Federation of Journalists on Tuesday condemned SpaceX tycoon Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, arguing that his support of free speech is somehow “bad news for media freedom.”

Musk finalized the purchase of the social media giant on Monday, paying $44 billion to take sole ownership. He promised to root out spam and bots by authenticating human users, and to make the platform a bastion of free speech.

Musk’s buyout was condemned by both the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). In a joint statement, titled ‘Twitter: Elon Musk’s deal is bad news for media freedom,’ the federations raised concerns that placing Twitter in “the hands of a single individual would have serious consequences over the social and political use of the platform.” (RT)