Edward Snowden educates Elon Musk on ‘freedom of speech’ with help from McDonald’s after X owner’s proposal to temporarily ban flag replacements

Edward Snowdenthe former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower has turned to X to give his opinion on a poll created by Tesla And SpaceX Director Elon Musk who also owns the platform formerly called Twitter.

What happened: Snowden’s post defended the constitutional right to freedom of expression, which includes acts such as replacing flags. He also asks Musk a rhetorical question, questioning the practical feasibility of his bill.

Musk had posted a survey on Thursday asking his 181.8 million followers on X about replacing the flag. He proposed a law stating that if “someone takes down the American flag and puts up another flag in its place, that person should be given a free (but mandatory) one-way ticket to the country of that flag.”

At the time of writing, the poll received more than 1.16 million votes, with 79.9% voting in favor of Musk’s proposal and 20.1% against.

Snowden responded to Musk by sharing a photo of McDonald’s flags and proposing a hypothetical scenario: If someone were to remove the American flag and replace it with a McDonald’s flag, what action would Musk take in response to such an event?

Snowden said in another article: “Because no law – not even one described, like the Constitution, as the ‘supreme law of the land’ – has any power of its own; the ink cannot jump off the page to fight for your rights. A law can only defend the people if the people defend the law. Its power comes from ours.”

It should be noted that Musk said he was not advocating a permanent ban for the people replacing the American flag.

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Why it matters: The tweet comes in the wake of a series of incidents at US universities where pro-Palestinian supporters replaced the American flag with a Palestinian flag during protests. These incidents have sparked debates over freedom of speech and the right to protest, according to a report by The Hill.

At the University of North Carolina, a GoFundMe was started for fraternity members who held up an American flag during a protest and received a $10,000 donation from a billionaire investor Bill Ackman.

Meanwhile, at Columbia University, New York police had to intervene during pro-Palestinian protests. In response to these protests, billionaire Leon Kuiperman has vowed to stop donations to Columbia University, calling the student protests “anti-Semitic.”

Snowden’s tweet underlines the ongoing debate over the limits of freedom of expression and the right to protest, especially in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Photo via Wikimedia

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