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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James on Saturday responded to an increase in reports of hate speech on Twitter following Elon Musk’s purchase of the platform on Thursday.

James reports from Drew Harwell, Taylor Lorenz and Kat Zakrzewski Washington Post, which details the findings of a research group known as the Network Contagion Research Institute. The NCRI said that use of the N-word on Twitter increased by nearly 500 percent in the 12 hours after Musk came out.

LeBron tweeted and urged Musk and Twitter to take the information seriously:

LeBron James @King James

I don’t know Elon Musk and I don’t care who owns Twitter. But I will say that if it’s true, I hope he and his people take it very seriously, because it’s creepy AF. So many unworthy damned people say that hate speech is free speech. https://t.co/Sy0jvXIBnC

CNN Donnie O’Sullivan and Claire Duffy On Thursday, it was announced that Musk had completed a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion.

Musk, the 51-year-old South African-born CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, has been vocal about his support for free speech, prompting some Twitter users to bring back prominently banned accounts, such as former US President Donald Trump, who was has been removed from the platform in 2021 “due to the risk of further inciting violence” after the January 6 Capitol riot.

It also raised questions about whether accounts banned for racist comments would be reinstated or whether accounts that continued to use racist language would be allowed.

In response to questions about the future of Twitter, Musk indicated that a content moderation board would be created:

Elon Musk @Elonmusk

Twitter will form a content moderation board with diverse viewpoints.

No significant content or account reset decisions will be made prior to that board meeting.

Musk also noted that no decision has been made and has not been made regarding the possible recovery of accounts any changes have been made to the platform’s content moderation policy.

James is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time and has 52.3 million followers on Twitter, making him one of the most influential users on the platform.

Regardless of Musk’s plans for Twitter, he will no doubt be aware of LeBron’s concerns after he takes over.


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