Since Elon Musk acquired X, the social media platform known as Twitter at the time, he has emphasized a shift toward allowing more robust freedom of speech by its users.
While supporters far and wide celebrated the move away from the heavy-handed moderation and government-initiated censorship that previously plagued the platform, many critics have complained that the site has become inundated with so-called hate speech.
As a result, some users endured public shaming or even lost their jobs in response to content they either posted or engaged with on X.
Now, Musk is offering direct assistance to those whose livelihoods were negatively impacted for their use of the site.
He shared the company’s new plan in a post on Saturday, writing: “If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill. No limit. Please let us know.”
X’s assistance will reportedly go beyond simply taking employers to court on behalf of punished employees.
“And we won’t just sue, it will be extremely loud and we will go after the boards of directors of the companies too,” Musk added.
The profile Libs of TikTok was among the many replies to Musk’s post and suggested that X look into the case of Kara Lynn. Reports from earlier this year indicate that she was targeted by another user for engaging with the controversial profile and expressing views deemed critical of the transgender community.
Kara, is that accurate?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
Her employer later announced that an employee had been fired, though it did not include the individual’s name.
There have been a host of other examples, including Mark Tykocinski, who stepped down from his position as president of Thomas Jefferson University and dean of its medical school following a backlash against his behavior on the social media platform.
Although the announcement last month did not directly cite the controversy, Tykocinski was compelled to apologize in May for liking certain posts related to issues including COVID-19 vaccines, transgender surgeries, and diversity, equity, and inclusion policies.
“I understand that my lack of knowledge of the Twitter platform created questions and unintentionally offended many,” he wrote at the time. “Please be assured this will be a learning experience, and I will grow as a person and professional from this misstep.”