Rupert Murdoch has accused social media platforms of creating an ideologically driven atmosphere of conformity, garnering applause as well as accusations that his vast media empire is guilty of the same crime.
In a pre-recorded acceptance speech thanking the Australia Day Foundation for honoring him with a lifetime achievement award, the Fox News owner expressed dismay over a “wave of censorship that seeks to silence conversation, to stifle debate and ultimately stop individuals and societies from realizing their potential.”
He went on to lament how social media was abetting a “rigidly enforced conformity” that acts as “a straitjacket on sensibility.”
Too many people have fought too hard in too many places for freedom of speech to be suppressed by this awful woke orthodoxy.
The billionaire native of Melbourne, Australia turned American claimed this assault on the free exchange of ideas and expression was one of the greatest challenges currently facing media organizations. Speaking personally, the 89-year-old said that his own career in the news industry was “still in motion” and “far from done.”