Tech Censorship

Elon Musk’s offer of Freedom through benevolent Oligarchy

Update: Today there was a pause in Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.

Elon Musk had initially offered to purchase Twitter in April for $43 Billion. Then Twitter invited Musk to join the board but reneged with obstructionism. For instance what is colloquially known as a “poison pill,” that allows existing shareholders to buy more shares at a discounted price to raise the costs and dilute the stake of any shareholder who seeks to acquire the company. However, on April 25, Twitter’s board of directors “unanimously accepted Musk’s buyout offer of $44 billion, which makes him the company’s sole owner. As of May 2022, the acquisition is pending approval from regulators and shareholders, and could be the largest acquisition ever to take a company private.

There is jubilation from conservatives and populists about Elon Musk’s new free speech Twitter, which may be naïve. So far Twitter has unshackled some prominent conservative accounts and Twitter has seen a spike in new conservative accounts. However, prior to the deal being solidified, there were mass suspensions on Twitter. The responses to Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter from the woke left and corporate gatekeeping press have been utterly unhinged. Many high-profile progressives such as Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing have threatened to leave Twitter, much like how many liberals threatened to leave the country when Trump was elected. Also many Twitter employees have threatened to quit, Twitter even had to go into an internal lockdown to prevent woke employees from sabotaging the takeover, and Twitter’s top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, who was a major force for censorship, was seen weeping at a meeting. However, among the general public, 43% vs. 30% approve of the acquisition.

Glenn Greenwald tweeted that “US liberals have not been this distraught, panicked or unhinged since Election Night, 2016. There is literally nothing more threatening to them than the possible loss of their power to silence, censor and de-platform their adversaries from the most influential platforms.” It just says a lot that so many of the most odious people in America are livid about Musk’s “takeover.” For instance CNN’s Brian Stelter stated that  “If you get invited to something where there are no rules, where there is total freedom for everybody, do you actually want to go to that party or are you going to decide to stay home?” The View’s Sunny Hostin said that “So when Elon Musk says, ‘wow, this is about free speech,’ seems to me that it’s about free speech of straight white men.” Shaun King who deleted and then reinstated his account, like a passive aggressive drama queen, tweeted “At its root, @ElonMusk wanting to purchase Twitter is not about left vs right. It’s about white power. The man was raised in Apartheid by a white nationalist. He’s upset that Twitter won’t allow white nationalists to target/harass people. That’s his definition of free speech.” Mike Rothschild, who monitors rightwing politics, tweeted that, You don’t want unfettered, unmoderated, “settle with vigorous debate” free speech online. Trust me. And if you think you do, spend an hour on Telegram, 8kun, or Gab. You’ll change your mind about the need for moderation on social media.”  Probably as reactions to Musk’s acquisition, the Biden Administration has launched a new factchecking agency, under the Department of Homeland Security, dubbed by many as the Ministry of Truth, and the Justice Department has launched a regulatory investigation into Tesla.

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