Tech billionaire Elon Musk continued on his warpath against the far left on Tuesday by sounding the alarm over a contingent of progressive groups urging major advertisers to cut their funding of Twitter if the social platform doesn’t comply with content moderation policies under new leadership.
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Musk, who recently agreed to purchase Twitter outright for $44 billion, asked in a tweet, “Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information?” adding, “Let’s investigate …”
In a follow-up tweet, the Tesla founder and free speech advocate said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)
Musk’s tweets came in response to a letter signed by more than two dozen left-wing groups — including Media Matters for America, the Black Lives Matter Global Organization, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Women’s March — that called on major brands to essentially strong-arm Twitter into adopting “anti-disinformation” policies.
“As top advertisers on Twitter (TWTR), your brand risks association with a platform amplifying hate, extremism, health misinformation, and conspiracy theorists,” the groups wrote in the letter.
“Under Musk’s management, Twitter risks becoming a cesspool of misinformation, with your brand attached, polluting our information ecosystem in a time where trust in institutions and news media is already at an all-time low,” it continued, adding, “Your ad dollars can either fund Musk’s vanity project or hold him to account.”
According to CNN, big brands such as Coca-Cola, Disney, Kraft, Apple, and Best Buy were targeted in the letter.
The left has been in an exasperated public freakout ever since Musk first raised the possibility of buying Twitter last month, expressing deep-seated fears that the acquisition would lead to the speedy downfall of Western society. It appears many are really just upset that the left will no longer be able to censor speech it doesn’t like on the platform.
But Musk wasn’t finished yet. He went on to ruffle more feathers by suggesting further changes to the platform.
In another set of tweets Tuesday, he floated charging governments and businesses to use Twitter in a bid to make the company more profitable like its other competitors in the social media space, while still keeping the service free for most of the population.
“Twitter will always be free for casual users, but maybe a slight cost for commercial/government users,” he tweeted Tuesday. “Ultimately, the downfall of the Freemasons was giving away their stonecutting services for nothing.”
— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)