Twitter owner Elon Musk announced on Wednesday that the platform would pursue a policy of both following established science while questioning prevailing orthodoxies and challenging field experts to substantiate their positions.
“New Twitter policy is to follow the science, which necessarily includes reasoned questioning of the science,” he tweeted, prompting a bevy of reactions, including many who pointed to White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and mocked his purported status on the left as an unquestionable authority.
Musk responded to one such post, saying “[a]nyone who says that questioning them is questioning science itself cannot be regarded as a scientist.”
The Tesla founder did not elaborate on any tangible details, but his announcement follows revelations that the platform censored accurate information on COVID-19 that contradicted narratives from the federal government.
Internal documents have also revealed that former Twitter deputy general counsel Jim Baker unsuccessfully lobbied the platform to remove a tweet from former President Donald Trump in 2020 that expressed optimism in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.