Elon Musk Explains Why He Wants To Buy Twitter
“To Help Freedom In The World”
“I don’t care about the economics at all”
Speaking at the TED conference in Vancouver, Elon Musk explained why he feels it is imperative that he buy Twitter, declaring that it is “extremely important for the future of civilization” that the platform is turned around from being an echo chamber that censors certain opinions.
Musk said “It’s important for the function of democracy. It’s important for the function of the United States as a free country among many other countries. And to help, actually to help freedom in the world more importantly than the US.”
He continued, “I think the situational risk is decreased the more we can increase the trust of Twitter as a public platform.”
“We want to have the perception and the reality that speech is as free as possible,” Musk also urged, adding “A good sign as to whether there’s free speech is: Is someone you don’t like allowed to say something you don’t like? And if that is the case, then we have free speech.”
Referring to his effort to stop the cancel culture environment that has taken over at Twitter, Musk said “I do think this is going to be something somewhat painful.”
Referring specifically to Twitter banning people, Musk said “we want to be just very reluctant to delete things and just be very cautious with permanent bans. Timeouts, I think, are better than sort of permanent bans.”
“I’m not sure that I will actually be able to acquire it. The intent is to retain as many shareholders as is allowed by the law… This is not a way to make money,” Musk further emphasised.
The Telsa CEO further urged that his “strong intuitive sense is to have a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive,” and that it “is extremely important for the future of civilization.”
When news of Musk’s intentions broke Thursday morning, all hell broke loose among the woke brigade who suddenly don’t think its a good idea for wealthy tech billionaires to have control over the internet.
Will endeavor to keep as many shareholders in privatized Twitter as allowed by law
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2022
Writers at The Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, were particularly upset at the prospect of Musk (not their brand of tech billionaire) gaining control of Twitter.
(TLB) published this article from Summit News as compiled and written by Steve Watson
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