Big names are leaving Twitter under a week after Elon Musk took over, and rising hate and strict regulations are said to be the reason2 min read
That didn't take long at all. Elon Musk's $44 billion takeover of Twitter is only four days old, and he's already facing backlash from celebrities, lawmakers, and advertisers concerned about how the social network may alter under his leadership, even as many conservative voices applaud.
She said of the man who attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband this week. “He was tweeting antisemitic tropes, he was exhibiting memes that depicted violence, and all of this election-denying, pro-Trump, MAGA-crowd stuff,” That’s what we’re up against here… I just don’t think that any individuals should be getting money off of spreading a lot of misinformation.”
She noted that whereas TV networks are required to filter advertising for incorrect information before they have been shown and published, companies such as Twitter are not subject to the same rules.
“We need to modify the requirements for these companies,” she explained. “They’re profiting from us.” They are profiting from the violence.”
Meanwhile, NBA superstar LeBron James said yesterday that the increase in N-word usage on Twitter since Musk’s takeover was “scary AF,” and he hoped Musk “and his staff takes this very seriously.”
This came to know after the Network Contagion Research Institute, a social media research organisation, reported that use of the N-word on Twitter increased 500% in the 12 hours after Musk took control.
“Freedom of expression.” “Liberal tears,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted on Friday. Jordan is a close ally of former President Donald Trump, whom the previous Twitter administration barred from the platform—and whom Musk may invite back.
According to Dataminr, which also analyses social media, antisemitic memes increased, as did the term “plandemic”—shorthand for a conspiracy theory in which elites use the pandemic to obtain power and profit from vaccinations.
Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted Cruz told Fox News on Friday, “I think Elon Musk buying Twitter is one of the most momentous moves in modern times for free speech.”
“I am extremely delighted that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be ruled by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs who actually detest our country,” Trump tweeted on his alternative social site Truth Social.
Podcaster Joe Rogan, for one, praised Musk, a self-described “free-speech absolutist,” on Saturday for seeking to restore a “reasonable exchange of ideas” on the platform.
“I think we have a serious problem with Twitter discourse,” he continued. “Some would like to quiet those who hold opposing views, and then you get all this great feedback from everyone who agrees with you.”
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Elon Musk closes a $44 billion Twitter deal, bringing an end to a months-long saga.
US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked by suspect David Depape, who yelled “Where is Nancy?” according to a source.