It has been reported by the New York Post that prominent liberals warned of the “dangers” of Tesla CEO Elon Musk buying Twitter as some progressives with large followings deleted their accounts in protest of the anticipated change in ownership.
Shaun King, a Black Lives Matter activist, appeared to have logged off the site for good — only to log on again early Tuesday to spar with Donald Trump Jr. — after tweeting that Musk’s takeover bid was about “white power.”
“At its root, Elon Musk wanting to purchase Twitter is not about left vs right.
It’s about white power,” King tweeted before Twitter’s board accepted Musk’s $44 billion takeover bid.
“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.”
“So for me, this isn’t about left vs right. Not at all.
It’s about how the richest man in the world, a son of Apartheid, raised by a white nationalist, wants to be sure his speech, and that of other white men, isn’t censored.”
Fox News went on to report that after the Twitter board accepted Musk’s offer to purchase the company for $44 billion Monday, Musk posted a statement on Twitter.
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“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,” Musk said.
“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans.”
“Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it,” Musk added.
As for critics like King, Musk tweeted, “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”