(Washington) He should save free speech for the right, free hate speech for the left, but won’t pull it off: Elon Musk’s decision to back out of the deal to buy Twitter has divided American politics.
Posted at 3:46pm
“The Twitter deal is dead, long live truth,” wrote Donald Trump on the social network of the same name, translation of “truth” and digital spokesman for the former Republican president since his ouster from Twitter.
Elon Musk had mentioned the lifting of that ban in May and generally considered a much less strict moderation of the influential social network, which had made his desire for salvation appealing to part of the American right.
Conversely, the prospect of a takeover of Twitter by this flamboyant entrepreneur with libertarian leanings had alarmed some on the left, where today we rejoice in an aborted project – while cautioning about the future. .
It was “a welcome respite for women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community,” responded the feminist organization UltraViolet, which feared that Twitter under the control of the Tesla and SpaceX boss “triggers a wave of hatred”.
Progressive economist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman ridiculed Elon Musk’s “ill-controlled impulsiveness” and compared him to retiring British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
For weeks, various positions by Elon Musk have cast doubt on his real desire to complete the $44 billion agreement signed on April 25. The announcement of his withdrawal on Friday opened the way for a long legal battle over the outcome of the case.
This saga demonstrates that “our information ecosystem, its security and democracy cannot be left to the whims of unaccountable billionaires,” said Nicole Gill, chief executive officer of Accountable Tech.
This association, which works to hold big digital companies to account, launched an initiative with others in early June to block the operation. Together they “showed that Elon Musk only wanted to defend his right-wing ideology by buying Twitter,” UltraViolet added in its press release.
It is indeed a certain disappointment that seems to be gripping the Trump camp now, after seeing his account – along with those of Facebook and YouTube – suspended in January 2021, with the platforms accusing him of threatening his followers to have incited violence before attacking the Capitol.
“I’m pretty sure the censorship they do is multiplied by ten,” son Donald Trump Jr. wrote on his father’s Truth network. “There is no chance of freedom of thought or expression there now,” he added.
“It was the last chance to save something good from nightmare,” GAFA conservative political observer Dave Rubin wrote on Twitter. “The party’s finally over. The purge is coming,” he added.
Another Twitter critic says the billionaire’s removal is “no surprise” but “Musk deserves credit for exposing another incurable, rotten culture of political discrimination,” wrote Jason Miller, a former adviser to Donald Trump and founder of another ultraconservative social network, Gettr.