Tesla billionaire Elon Musk has put a ring on it. This morning it was announced that social media platform and Silicon Valley darling Twitter has accepted his bid. The #TwitterTakeover is complete, with Musk paying $54.20 per share for a total price tag of $44 billion.
The news comes after Twitter’s failed attempt to defend itself with a poison pill approach and promises from current CEO Parag Agrawal, who insisted that the Board ‘wasn’t being held hostage by the offer’.
Elon Musk is a curious figure with one foot in both sides of the Culture Wars. He’s a bit of a leftie, with a fancy for renewables industries and indulgence in future tech projects that many people politely refer to as ‘alarming’. (Think Skynet.) On the other hand, Musk wants the world to pursue nuclear energy over solar and wind, loves himself a spaceship, and is determined to see his dream of a free speech open forum realised.
In some ways, Musk has been dreaming for humanity after we lost our appetite for reaching out to the stars. If we, as a species, end up exploring other worlds – it’ll be largely due to one man’s determination to ‘make it happen’.
In previous years on Twitter, the left have sneered at conservatives complaining about political censorship, vile trolling, and mass cullings of accounts. They spat, ‘If you don’t like the censorship on Twitter – get your own platform!’ They probably didn’t intend for someone to turn around and buy their safe space.
We are now being treated to an avalanche of panic by ideologues who have enjoyed absolute power with their speech and unquestioned control over the social narrative.
Elon Musk, who is still the richest man on earth, spent most of the weekend paying out fellow billionaire and Microsoft ‘god’ Bill Gates after Gates approached Musk wanting to discuss ‘philanthropy possibilities’ (which is code for a climate change project).
‘Do you still have a half billion dollar short position against Telsa?’ asked Musk, in reply to a text from Gates.
‘Sorry to say I haven’t closed it out. I would like to discuss philanthropy possibilities,’ texted Gates.
‘Sorry, but I cannot take your philanthropy on climate change seriously when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change.’
When asked if the leaked messages were real, Musk replied on Twitter, ‘Yeah, but I didn’t leak it to the NYT [New York Times]. They must have got it through friends of friends. I heard from multiple people at TED that Gates still had half billion short against Tesla, which is why I ask him, so it’s not exactly top secret.’
This prompted some major trolling by Musk where he first posted an image of Bill Gates comparing him to the pregnant man emoji titling his post, ‘in case u need to lose a boner fast’ before following it up with ‘shadow ban council reviewing tweet…’
in case u need to lose a boner fast pic.twitter.com/fcHiaXKCJi
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2022
While this may seem like petty fighting, what Musk was actually doing was trolling the Twitter Board by publicly highlighting the special protection they afford billionaires of a certain political class along with the lopsided ‘community safety’ committee reviews.
After Musk acquired Twitter, his first tweet renewed his promise regarding free speech.
‘I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.’
I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022
This promoted a massive and immediate meltdown from the ‘blue ticks’ (verified accounts belonging to relatively famous people) – all posted without any acknowledgement of heavy-handed hypocrisy.
‘Free speech is one thing, Elon. Hate speech and harmful disinformation are quite another.’ – Jon Cooper, Former National Finance Chair of Draft Biden 2016 and Long Island Campaign Chair for Barack Obama.
‘Of all the things you could do with your money, you chose this. Wow.’ – George Hahn
‘I hope you won’t become a platform for spreading misinformation as that’s not what free speech means.’ – Adi Gaskell, writer for Forbes.
‘Twitter sold to Elon Musk. We stand 100% behind a free marketplace. Oh, wait…we can’t do business here in the USA.’ – HuaweiUSA (who confused the free speech of citizens with foreign interference from communist regimes).
‘Everything in this world comes with responsibility and accountability. In Germany we know for a fact where free speech without borders and limits may lead to.’ Stephan Anpalagan, who seems to have forgotten that free speech was not a notable feature of the Nazi regime.
‘Free speech cannot include willfully spreading disinformation that results in excess deaths, and intermittently renders hospitals unable to care for members of their community. Lies about COVID-19 and vaccines can’t be allowed on any platform no matter how much $$ is to be made.’ – Dr. Rob Davidson, Executive Director of Committee to Protect Health Care – who doesn’t seem to mind the misinformation put out by ‘official approved sources’.
‘Decent people aren’t going to remain on a platform that you turn into a cesspool of harassers, conspiracy theorists, Nazis and abusive misogynists (to name a few). You’re purposely setting out to destroy this platform to salvage your own man child ego.’ – Ashton Pittman, Writer for MS Free Press.
It goes on, but essentially those who have enjoyed a position of privilege and protection have demonstrated that they have no clue about the savagery, violent threats, and lies issued against conservative men and women on the platform every day.
Equating free speech with hate speech is a lie and a tactic popularised by communist regimes to silence opposition to their dictatorships. It’s no surprise that with the incursion of collectivism into the West, we are seeing the same demands of censorship and terror at the prospect of free speech from those who want to cling onto their money and power unchallenged by ordinary people.
Free speech has always been the best defence against monstrous ideas and dangerous ideologies. The left know this, which is why they are running screaming into the hills to their gold-plated castles.
The truth is, the left fear one thing above all – the reinstatement of Donald Trump.
It’s not our speech they want to stop, it’s his. If Trump is returned to Twitter, he could very well win the next American election, taking back power from the Democrats and their puppet president. The only thing keeping Biden aloft is the protection of silence and a tightly controlled public image. In a free and fair fight, Biden doesn’t stand a chance.
What about Parag Agrawal – the hated replacement for Jack Dorsey who has demonstrated that there’s nothing he loves more than shutting people up with digital duct tape?
He released a statement today stating, ‘Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world. Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by the work that has never been more important.’
What ‘purpose’ and ‘work’ is that? Manipulating the social narrative and tilting the world’s politics, perhaps?
Jack Dorsey has the last say, which is correct as Twitter is his baby, after all.
‘Elon’s goal of creating a platform that is ‘maximally trusted and broadly inclusive’ is the right one. This is also Agrawal’s goal, and why I chose him. Thank you both for getting the company out of an impossible situation. This is the right path… I believe it with all my heart. I’m so happy Twitter will continue to serve the public conversation. Around the world, and into the stars.’
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