Liberals with verified Twitter accounts flooded the social media platform to take issue with the idea of billionaires buying social media companies, prompting their conservative critics to point out that many Democrats have been silent about similar billionaire purchases in the past.
“Elon Musk buying Twitter is bad,” former Democratic congressional candidate Nina Turner tweeted this week. “Billionaires who own media outlets are bad. Billionaires who buy politicians are bad. We wonder why ‘the rich get richer while the poor get poorer’ remains true?”
“When multi-billionaires take control of our most important platform for communication, it’s not a victory for free speech. It’s a victory for the oligarchy,” said former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich. Posted on Thursday.
Conservatives on social media responded to tweets that Democrats supported the Washington Post, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, and were less critical of the wealth of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
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“Translation: The left prefers the old billionaire to the new billionaire, because the former billionaire silenced everyone who disagreed with the left,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted in response to Reich.
“Stop attacking Bezos Zuckerberg and Dorsey you know your friends,” CPAC chairman Matt Schlepp tweeted.
What I would do if Elon Musk took over Twitter: Let freedom reign
Musk finalized his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on Thursday and posted a letter to advertisers outlining his vision for the company.
“The reason I got Twitter is because it’s important to the future of culture to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be discussed in a healthy way, without resorting to violence.” Musk posted on Twitter. “There is now a great fear that social media will split into extreme right-wing and left-wing echo chambers that create more hatred and divide our society.”
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Musk added that the social media platform “may not be a free-for-all” and that he would focus on following the “laws of the land” while promoting an environment that is “warm and welcoming to all.”