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Elon Musk, Ireland At Odds Over Hate Speech Bill

James King, MPA
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The proposed Criminal Justice (Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offences) Bill 2022 in Ireland has put the country on a collision course with X CEO Elon Musk, who fears the legislation could threaten his business model of promoting free speech on social media platforms. The bill seeks to criminalize the preparation or possession of hateful material with the intent to distribute it publicly.

Musk, who purchased Twitter to enhance free speech, has threatened legal action against the Irish government, accusing Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of “hating the Irish people” and vowing to release the Irish Twitter Files. 


The self-proclaimed “free-speech absolutist” has reinstated banned accounts, including that of former U.S. President Donald Trump, as part of his campaign to promote open dialogue on the platform.

Ireland’s Justice Minister Helen McEntee is determined to see the hate speech bill pass, despite facing domestic and international opposition. The recent Dublin riots, which followed the stabbing of three children by a foreign-national suspect, have provided renewed impetus for the government to crack down on online hate speech.

The outcome of this battle could have global implications, as Ireland is home to the European headquarters of several tech giants and the Irish Data Protection Commission is the main European regulator for these companies. EU-backed hate speech rules enforced by Ireland could potentially leak into the terms of service of social media platforms worldwide.