What will result from Tesla chief Elon Musk’s purchase – for some $44 billion – of Twitter remains to be seen.
Conservatives aboard the site seem to be surging, and leftists are having meltdowns, promising to leave and expressing fear that the social media site could be used to the detriment of leftists and progressives – as conservatives have been targeted for years – at the same time.
The Washington Examiner reports already Musk is confirming there are going to be new standards.
The report said Musk documented on social media that, “Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate.”
He was referencing the company’s suspension of the New York Post account just days before the 2020 election when it documented, accurately, the details in a laptop computer abandoned by Hunter Biden that outlined the nefarious foreign money-making schemes in which the Biden family was involved.
A survey from the Media Research Center later revealed that that censorship likely gave the White House to Joe Biden, as enough of his supporters said they would have withheld their votes had they known about the scandals to change the results.
The Examiner reported that Musk was responding to a statement from a reporter who called lawyer Vijaya Gadde the “top censorship advocate at Twitter who famously gaslit the world on Joe Rogan’s podcast and censored the Hunter Biden laptop story.”
The Examiner noted, “Details about Biden’s business dealings and personal life have emerged in the media thanks to copies of a laptop and hard drive.”
The FBI has the actual computer but copies of the drive’s contents have been made available to multiple news outlets. The New York Post led the charge in the reporting, and was censored by Twitter at the time.
Now even anti-Trump legacy media outlets have had to admit the reporting about the laptop is accurate.
Then there’s the commentary from NBC News that points out few business leaders ever have had such power as Musk.
“Musk, who was already recognized by Bloomberg as the world’s richest man, will soon add one of the world’s most influential media platforms to his purview when he buys Twitter, adding to a business empire that already includes the leading private space company (SpaceX) and one of the leading electric car companies (Tesla),” the commentary said. “It’s a combination that makes him one of the most significant figures in the history of technology, business and media.”
Brad DeLong, of Berkeley, said, “There were press lords in the past,” like William Randolph Hearst. “But never before to my recollection has a major entrepreneur in the high-tech of the day wanted this kind of influence — or, rather, Jobs and Gates wanted it, but they wooed news platforms, rather than buying them.”
He was citing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
The commentary noted that Twitter features 217 million daily active users and is considered by some as the “most important and influential platform” online.
Fox Business pointed out that whatever analysts, government officials and competitors think of the deal, Americans like it.
“The majority of Americans FOX Business spoke with on Wednesday said they were happy about Elon Musk striking a deal to buy Twitter, with one calling the Tesla CEO a man ‘for the people,'” the organization reported.
“I think it’s great because I feel like Elon is for the people, so he’s trying to do what’s best for everybody else because he’s just that type of person,” explained one person in Times Square in New York City.
One of the biggest unclear points is what level of censorship there will be at a new Twitter. Under the old management, it routinely stifled conservative thought and speech on a wide range of subjects.
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