Elon Musk’s transfer to desert his buy of Twitter has been greeted with a mixture of reduction and disappointment throughout the political spectrum, with many criticizing the Tesla founder however others applauding his “publicity” of the influential messaging platform.
The announcement of the deal valued at $44 billion in late April sparked fears the platform would see a surge in abuse and disinformation after Musk — a self-proclaimed free speech absolutist — stated he would largely let anybody say something allowed by legislation on Twitter.
Musk’s announcement Friday that he not desires to purchase Twitter triggered celebration by advocacy teams that had launched a marketing campaign to cease the wealthiest man on the planet from going by way of with the acquisition.
“A Twitter below Musk’s management would have ripped open Pandora’s field and reopened the floodgates for hate and baseless conspiracy theories — making the platform, and the nation a extra harmful place,” stated Bridget Todd, communications director at UltraViolet, an advocacy group.
The deal breakdown “is a welcome reprieve for ladies, individuals of shade and members of the LGBTQ+ group.”
Nicole Gill, co-founder and govt director of the left-leaning watchdog Accountable Tech, slammed Musk’s bid as “a chaotic campaign.”
“Our info ecosystem, security, and democracy can’t stay on the whim of unaccountable billionaires,” she stated.
However hopes had been dashed for others who believed Musk’s stearing of the platform would result in a lower in measures aimed toward curbing bullying, lies and different abuses deemed politically motivated and anti-free speech.
“The celebration is admittedly over right here. The purge is coming,” tweeted conservative commentator Dave Rubin.
Donald Trump Jr, the son of the previous president, predicted “censorship” at Twitter “will likely be again tenfold.”
“Zero likelihood of free thought or speech there at this level,” he stated on his father’s fledgling Fact Social platform, launched after he was booted from his most popular medium the place he’d amassed some 88.7 million followers.
The previous president was banned from Twitter following accusations he had used it to incite his followers to assault the US Capitol on January 6 final yr.
Whereas Musk stated he would elevate the ban on the elder Trump, the guy billionaire stated he would follow Fact Social — a message he reiterated on Friday.
“THE TWITTER DEAL IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE ‘TRUTH’,” he posted on Fact Social.
One other conservative Twitter competitor, GETTR, additionally took the chance to tout itself instead platform that may “defend on-line freedom of expression.”
CEO Jason Miller praised Musk “for additional exposing the incurable, rotting, politically discriminatory tradition” inside Twitter.
The deal could also be off however the Musk-Twitter tug-of-war is way from over, as the corporate says it’s going to pursue authorized motion to implement the settlement.