Elon Musk, who recently completed a $44 billion takeover of Twitter, has said, according to the Wall Street Journal, that he would welcome back people who were removed from the platform. Among those he would welcome back is former President Donald Trump. Trump was booted after his comments to the January 6th riot.
Twitter, Musk has said, must be “warm and welcoming to all.”
Musk seems to violate his own pledge that the site would not become a “hellscape” under his ownership. Three days after taking ownership, Musk tweeted that Paul Pelosi was drunk at the time of his assault and “in a dispute with a male prostitute.” Musk, who has 100 million followers on Twitter, deleted the tweet hours later.
Musk, who fired top executives, announced that more layoffs are imminent. Advertisers are quite concerned, some awaiting future developments before placing ads. Musk does not enjoy a good reputation. In 2020, Musk tweeted that “kids are essentially immune” to Covid-19. He was admonished by the SEC for misleading investors of Tesla.
The Washington Post wrote an op-ed to prevent “rich people” from controlling media platforms, mocking the tech mogul for calling himself a “free-speech absolutist,” writing he willfully ignores that private companies are free to establish some limits on their platforms. In an MSN online report, Musk was reported to order his employees at Twitter to work upwards of 84 hours a week in an effort to reach newly implemented deadlines.
Musk recently got into a fight with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over his plan to implement a policy charging a monthly fee. Musk should realize that it’s not a good idea to have fights with public officials. After all, since governments, public officials, businesses and individuals use Twitter, it may be considered a public forum and essential news forum which makes one wonder if it could be condemned as a going concern for public use. We know, based on the recent sales price, what it is worth. My advice to Mr. Musk, be kinder to everybody.