DOGE Co-Founder Backs Musk’s Criticisms of Free Speech Restrictions

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  • Dogecoin co-founder Billy Markus, in response to a tweet by Elon Musk, alludes to a censorious turn in U.S. legacy media since the Trump era.
  • Musk’s tweet follows X’s lawsuit against California to challenge a law that the company claims restricts free speech.
  • Elsewhere, Markus voiced out against Joe Biden’s proposed billionaire tax policies, saying the national debt has risen by $3.7 trillion under Biden.

Dogecoin co-founder Billy Markus, in a recent tweet on X – formerly Twitter – joined billionaire owner Elon Musk in criticizing the role of successive U.S. governments in impeding free speech. Markus responded to an earlier tweet by Musk saying legacy media – traditional media houses – now suppress free speech, too.

Markus, who goes by Shibetoshi Nakamoto on X, commented on Musk’s critique about the transformation of legacy media, which he said used to support free speech. “Starts with T and ends with rump,” Markus tweeted, suggesting that the reaction of legacy media to the former U.S. president marked a turning point in freedom of speech in the country.

Since his acquisition of the social media platform formerly known as Twitter for $44 billion in 2022, Elon Musk has repeatedly emphasized his support for free speech.  As a result, the billionaire released previously suspended X accounts, such as those of Trump and artist Kanye West.

Meanwhile, a recent report revealed that X is suing California over a law that it claims violates the First Amendment. According to the report, while the social media platform traditionally lobbies to influence the government’s decisions, the company is now taking the lawsuit route to voice its discontent.

Furthermore, the report said the company has spent over $500,000 on state and federal lobbying to influence the legislation this year. In particular, X has spent over $80,000 on lobbying California state lawmakers since 2021.

Elsewhere, Markus on Friday took on President Joe Biden on his proposed tax policies, which specifically target billionaires. According to him, Biden’s billionaire tax push is an act to distract the public from the fact that the national debt under his administration has risen by 3.7 trillion dollars. Per the post, this is more than all the billionaires in the US are worth combined.