Liberals with verified Twitter accounts have flooded the social media platform to take issue with the idea of billionaires buying social media companies, prompting conservative critics to point out that many Democrats have been silent on similar billionaire purchases in the past.
“Elon Musk buying twitter is bad,” former Democratic congressional candidate Nina Turner tweeted this week. “Billionaires owning media outlets is bad. Billionaires buying politicians is bad. We wonder why ‘the rich get richer while the poor get poorer’ remains true?”
“When billionaires take control of our most important platform for communication, it’s not a victory for free speech. It’s a victory for oligarchy,” former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich. posted on Thursday.
Conservatives on social media responded to the tweets by pointing out 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 loved the old billionaire more than the new billionaire, because the old billionaire silenced everyone who disagreed with the Left,” Republican senator Ted Cruz tweeted in response to Reich.
“Stop attacking Bezos Zuckerberg and Dorsey you know your guys,” CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp tweeted.
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Musk finalized his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on Thursday and posted a letter to advertisers outlining his vision for the company.
“The reason why I acquired Twitter is because it is important for the future of civilization to have a common digital city square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy way, without resorting to violence.” Musk posted on Twitter. “Now there is a great danger that social networks will be divided into extreme right-wing and extreme left-wing echo chambers that generate more hatred and divide our society.”
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Musk added that the social media platform “cannot become a free-for-all hell” and that he will focus on respecting the “laws of the land” while fostering an environment that is “warm and welcoming to all.”