Elon Musk Buys Twitter

Elon Musk Buys Twitter.

Twitter Locks Down Product Changes:

Twitter Inc. locked down changes to its social networking platform through Friday after accepting a $44 billion bid from billionaire Elon Musk, making it harder for employees to make unauthorized changes … Product changes will require approval from a vice president, the people said. Twitter imposed the temporary ban to keep employees who may be miffed about the deal from “going rogue,” according to one of the people.

Musk:

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. …

I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.

The left doesn’t argue or defend its policies anymore, it just cancels and censors. Their ideas cannot withstand argument, as their agenda to sexualize minors proves. They cannot argue with their critics, therefore they must leave Twitter.

Boot’s on the other foot now. By John Hinderaker:

When conservatives have complained about political bias on social media monopolies, libs have said we should just start our own companies. Now the shoe is on the other foot, but with an important difference. Musk doesn’t want to discriminate against liberals, he just wants a level playing field with free speech for all. Of course, that is unacceptable to the left, which is good at bullying, but not arguing.

Lefties into Meltdown:

There’s going to be a meltdown among liberals. Their time is over on Twitter. It’s our time. It’s a great day for free speech …

And of course, there’s concern that Donald Trump’s account could be released from Twitter jail. It should. Liberals don’t get to make these calls anymore. It’s a private company, they can do what they want. Oh yeah, doesn’t that sound familiar?

More:

Conservatives, who’ve long suffered under Twitter’s liberal-favoring policy enforcement, were bullish on Monday’s news while liberals continued their breathless and now-pointless screeching.

Alas, much like all the “I’m moving to Canada” threats over GOP victories, Twitter libs are unlikely to stay gone for long.

The left simply doesn’t care how hypocritical it is. Here’s Robert Reich, a Berkley academic who was Clinton’s Labor Secretary, last year:


Now:

Meanwhile, Obama is calling for more censorship:

The purchase will add fuel to a fiery debate about free speech on social media platforms, coming a few days after former president Barack Obama called for greater regulation of social media platforms to stamp out so-called misinformation and disinformation.

Joanne Nova:

Twitter has struggled to be profitable. Will it become profitable and maintain the high share price, and pay off the debts Musk is taking on to buy it? Does Musk expect to make it profitable, or did he just buy it as an act of philanthropy “for free speech” or as a challenge because he damn well could. … Has Elon Musk just outsmarted the Twitter Board and caught them at their own game, or will the same machine that used Twitter, sell it, and then sabotage it with cancel culture, and leave him holding the debt?

Twitter is obviously a political tool, as the one sided censorship shows. Like all forms of media, it’s more about the power than the shareholder returns — which raises the question of why the current sellers would sell. Speaking of which, the four current largest shareholders of Twitter are the infamous Vanguard Group, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock Inc, and State Street — the who’s who of dark asset managers. … Arguably, these monster fund managers could “afford” to lose money on Twitter in order to boost profits in all their other areas. Like, for example that Blackrock owns 7% of a certain pharmaceutical company called Pfizer, and Vanguard owns 8% of the same company. If they were using (or rather abusing) Twitter to suppress any news that hurt their other investments, or elect governments that help them, that rather raises the stakes. They wouldn’t sell Twitter for the profit of selling it unless they thought they had no legal choice, or they thought they could neutralize or sabotage the Free-Speech-Twitter after the sale.

Caitlan Johnstone:

You don’t get to be a billionaire, much less a billionaire with massively influential media ownership, unless you collaborate with existing power structures. Musk has certainly been collaborating with the oligarchic empire very nicely up until this point, and it’s a safe bet that his purchase would not be happening if the empire felt its narrative control machine was in any way threatened by it.

Believing Elon Musk is going to save Twitter is as naive as believing Joe Biden was going to save America. Arguing over which oligarchs should control the media is as silly and undignified as arguing over which oligarch-owned politicians should run the government.

Billionaires coming to the rescue only happens in movies and comic books. You’re as likely to be saved by Elon Musk as you are by Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark. …

I’ll start paying attention to Musk’s talk about free speech if and when Twitter stops censoring Russian media and unbans people like Scott Ritter who were removed from the platform for questioning official empire narratives about what’s happening in Ukraine. …

The billionaires are not coming to save us. The idea that they might is a carefully constructed propaganda narrative that we’ve been sold for generations. The leaders of the capitalist class are not going to overturn the systems of oppression and exploitation which form the very foundation of capitalism. Superhero stories are designed to prevent us from realizing that only we the people have the power to rescue ourselves.