Elon Musk made headlines last fall when he purchased the social media giant Twitter as part of a campaign to banish censorship and cancel culture from the platform.
Musk appears to have been largely successful, and according to Fox Business, the eccentric billionaire took a moment this week to celebrate his achievement.
"RIP Cancel Culture, you won’t be missed," Musk declared on Tuesday in response to a video of journalist Matt Taibbi speaking with Joe Rogan.
Matt Taibbi & Joe Rogan on Twitter 2.0 and the Fall of Cancel Culture
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In the clip, Rogan can be heard contrasting the difference between how Twitter is being run under Musk versus its old board of directors, noting that "now people aren't scared to speak their mind."
He pointed out how this has resulted in "so much pushback" as conservative and moderate platform users "aren't scared to go in after it."
"They're not worried about losing their account, which they were before," Rogan stressed, adding, "You are seeing a much more vigorous debate."
Taibbi agreed, remarking, "I hope that’s one of the results [of Musk buying Twitter], the old Twitter was just a grindstone of official messaging. I hope people are feeling encouraged to say more now."
Fox Business noted that this development is in line with the vision Musk articulated when he purchased Twitter for roughly $44 billion.
"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," Fox Business quoted Musk as saying in a statement last October.
"I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans," the tech firm's new owner added.
Musk boasted that "Twitter has tremendous potential" and said he looked "forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it."
However, Musk's decision to buy Twitter was not universally welcomed, with Fox News reporting that many leftists reacted with alarm.
Uproxx writer Mike Redmond tweeted, "I don't think any of us are prepared for how quickly this whole site is about to go down. It's a miracle flames aren't shooting out of it already."