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Dave Portnoy says free speech headed down ‘slippery slope’ as moguls purchase social platforms
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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy discusses getting ‘botted to death’ on Twitter and business moguls buying out social media platforms.
Barstool Sports founder and CEO Dave Portnoy weighed in on the future of free speech in America Wednesday, telling "Varney & Co.," that it’s headed down a "slippery slope" as Kanye West acquires free-speech app Parler and Elon Musk confirms a plan to combat Twitter bots.
"They're all buying because of the different platforms, because they think they got regulated a little bit on it. And I don't think that's a bad thing; it's always a fine line in the sand with any of that stuff. Who gets to decide what's over the line?" Portnoy told host Stuart Varney.
"Twitter has plenty of examples of really bad people who don't get banned, and then they'll kick Trump off, and I don't care how you feel on either of them, but who gets to make that decision?" he posited. "And the truth of the matter is, technology is now like freedom of the press, but they're privately owned. So it's a slippery slope."
Monday morning, rapper and fashion mogul Ye West, formerly known as Kanye, announced his acquisition of conservative, free-speech social platform Parler. In a FOX Business exclusive interview that day, Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer – who runs Parler’s parent company – said "Parler needs Ye in many ways, because Parler needs this brand to expand."
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Later Monday night, Portnoy personally complained in a tweet to Musk that he was seeing too many bots on Twitter. Musk responded to Portnoy's post, saying, "I have a plan."