Tesla CEO, PayPal founder, Space X rocket man, and hilarious Twitter troll Elon Musk has now said in a letter to Twitter that he’s willing to purchase Twitter at the original, agreed-upon price of $44 billion, or $54.20 a share.
He later added to that in a post on Twitter, saying “Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app” and commented that “Twitter probably accelerates X by 3 to 5 years, but I could be wrong,” so we’ll see if something grander than a simply less censorious Twitter results from the 40 billion purchase.
We’ll see what actually happens and if he goes through with it this time or if something else will get in the way. But, in the meanwhile, liberals on Twitter have been losing it over the idea that the company might stop censoring, with their fury at the idea that conservatives will no longer be censored being particularly obvious.
Perhaps the best example of that was a journalist named Ben Collins who works at NBC, He said, in a long-winded Twitter thread:
For those of you asking: Yes, I do think this site can and will change pretty dramatically if Musk gets full control over it.
No, there is no immediate replacement.
If it gets done early enough, based on the people he’s aligned with, yes, it could actually affect midterms.
If Musk is really taking this site private, there are no real guardrails anymore. Rulemaking can be capricious.
He can elevate any idea or person he wants through recommendations and UX choices and there will be no oversight on this as a private company.
We know from Musk’s private texts he talks with people who want to let Trump back on and make a “Blake Masters type” a “VP of enforcement.”
Masters is a far-right Senate candidate backed by Facebook founder and Trump donor Peter Thiel.
In those Musk texts, the redacted senders and recipients lay the groundwork for a “war” and “battle” after Musk takes over Twitter — a “coordinated pressure campaign” that will lead to deplatforming of political enemies.
What does this look like in the short term?
Abandonment of traditional moderation policies. Stuff like Pizzagate — pushed by bots and liars — will be protected. Disinfo campaigns will top trending topics and drive news cycles.
Authoritarian governments will have a field day.
In the longterm, Musk’s plans for this website are a suicide bomb.
Very few people want to use a moderation-free app saturated with lies by design. We know this from the dozens of Twitter clones who’ve tried and failed.
But he seems deadset on taking bad advice from bad people.
So he and his ilk are upset with the idea that the censorship regime might be at an end at long last.
Conservatives, meanwhile, had a field day with the news that Elon’s offer was back on the table and the end of the crushing censorship. One particularly funny video posted to celebrate was this one:
Elon's first day at twitter…😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/15B1EToPTx
— il Donaldo Trumpo (@PapiTrumpo) October 4, 2022
Again, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. But the news is somewhat encouraging and the leftists losing it is, at the very least, fun to watch.
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