For the past two months, billionaire Elon Musk has come under criticism and attacks for doing nothing more than trying to buy the social media platform Twitter for $44 billion. While other billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg have had control of entire platforms before, the move by Musk caused a mountain of backlash as critics claimed that allowing one person so much control could be cause for concern. Either way, Twitter moved forward with the sale as Musk continued to promote his thoughts on free speech and the dangers of allowing big tech to be the gatekeepers of facts and truth. Although the deal hasn’t been finalized, on Thursday, the SpaceX CEO met virtually with Twitter employees to again express the importance of free speech.
In the video below, which Project Veritas obtained, Musk is shown speaking with the employees, telling them, “I think it’s essential to have free speech and for — and to be able to communicate, yeah, just communicate freely.” He added, “In order for people to have trust in Twitter, I think it’s extremely important that there’d be transparency.”
Another focus for Musk as he moved forward with the sale was not to allow Twitter to push any sort of narrative. “If there are multiple opinions, but — and just make sure we’re not sort of driving a narrative. I think Twitter in terms of, like, serious issues can be a lot better at informing people about serious issues.” The billionaire was sure not to leave the mainstream media out of his speech, explaining, “How many times has — have the media gotten it [narrative] right? I would say almost never, not never, but almost never.”
As for his own political views, which have been called into question recently, Musk stated, “My political views, I think, are moderate. I’m in favor of moderate politics. But, you know, allowing people who have relatively extreme views to express those views within the bounds of the law. It’s free speech within the context of the law. So, it’s not — I’m definitely not suggesting that we just flout the law cause we’ll get shut down in that case. And, I think there’s also — there’s freedom of speech or freedom of reach.”
Continuing with his vision for the platform if he were to acquire it, Musk suggested, “And I think an important goal for Twitter would —really try to include as much of the country, as much of the world as possible. So, the things that I’ve said about Twitter I think need to happen in order for it to be — to really go to the next level. I mean, I think the potential is there for Twitter to have — be accessible to an order of magnitude more people. Let’s say the far left 10 percent and far-right 10 percent were equally upset on Twitter, then that would probably be a good outcome. The standard is much more than not offending people. The standard is — should be that they are very entertained and informed.”
Predicted to take around six months to finalize the transaction, an attorney for Musk accused Twitter of trying to kill the sale. In a letter, he wrote, “At this point. Mr. Musk believes Twitter is transparently refusing to comply with its obligations under the merger agreement, which is causing further suspicion that the company is withholding the requested data due to concern for what Mr. Musk’s own analysis of that data will uncover.”
Project Veritas released the full video conference:
Jeremy from The Quartering weighs in with his take on what it all means…
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