Billionaire Elon Musk made headlines late last month when it was announced that his $44 billion offer to buy Twitter had been accepted.
His pledge to reduce censorship on the platform left many leftists expressing distress. Musk has since done nothing to alleviate their fears, recently telling the Associated Press that he’s going “on the warpath.”
Twitter to be “as broadly inclusive as possible”
Musk made that declaration last Monday in a brief interview with the news service during New York City’s annual Met Gala.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 3, 2022
“Well, I mean, the goal that I have, should everything come to fruition with Twitter, is to have a service that is broadly — is as broadly inclusive as possible where ideally most of America is on it and talking!” Musk said of his plans to reform the tech giant.
“I think just generally, the — I’m looking for something that’s like I said as broadly inclusive as possible, that’s as trusted as possible as a system, and I hope we are successful in that regard,” he continued.
“I’ve also vowed this publicly that we have to get rid of the bots, trolls, scams, and everything,” the Tesla CEO went on to add.
“That’s obviously diminishing the user experience and we don’t want people to get tricked out of their money and that kind of thing,” he concluded
Critics say Musk’s policies will threaten democracy
Those words will no doubt further inflame Musk’s critics, many of whom began lashing out even before his purchase of Twitter had been formalized.
Among them was columnist Max Boot, who wrote in April that the prospect of Musk owning a major social media platform left him feeling “frightened.”
“I am frightened by the impact on society and politics if Elon Musk acquires Twitter,” Boot said in a tweet on April 14.
“He seems to believe that on social media anything goes. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.”