Elon Musk proclaimed Monday, before his takeover of Twitter was finalized, that he wants even his worst critics to stay on the social media platform.
“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter,” the billionaire wrote, “because that is what free speech means.”
I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022
Musk began acquiring shares in Twitter earlier this year with the intent to remove restrictions to free speech on the platform.
On Monday afternoon, the company announced it had agreed to Musk’s offer to purchase the company and take it private.
BREAKING: Twitter announces it will go private after agreeing to deal with Elon Musk worth $44 billionhttps://t.co/u6uZuC2W1w
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) April 25, 2022
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO had made his stance on social media censorship clear during a TED conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 14.
“Having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive is extremely important to the future of civilization,” Musk said.
“I don’t care about the economics at all,” he added.
MUSK: “My strong intuitive sense is that having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive is extremely important to the future of civilization…I don’t care about the economics at all.”
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) April 14, 2022
“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy,” he wrote.
“However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company,” he continued.
“Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it,” the world’s richest man said.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Musk will purchase the company for $54.20 a share, or about $44 billion.
“Reinstate Trump” was trending on Twitter on Monday morning.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 25, 2022
Twitter banned then-President Donald Trump from the platform after the Capitol incursion in January 2021, claiming his tweets threatened a “further incitement of violence.”
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