Liberals with verified Twitter accounts flooded the social media platform to take issue with the idea of billionaires buying social media companies, prompting their conservative critics to point out that many Democrats have been silent on similar billionaire purchases in the past.
“Elon Musk buying twitter is bad,” former Democratic congressional candidate Nina Turner tweeted this week. “Billionaires owning media is bad. Billionaires buying politicians is bad. We wonder why ‘the rich get richer while the poor get poorer’ remains true?”
“When multi-billionaires take control of our most vital platforms of communication, it’s not a victory for free speech. It’s a victory for oligarchy,” former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich Posted Thursday.
Conservatives on social media responded to the tweets by pointing out that Democrats have supported Washington Post ownership by billionaire Jeff Bezos and have been less critical of the wealth of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
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“Translation: Lefties liked the old billionaire more than the new billionaire because the former billionaire silenced anyone who disagreed with the left,” tweeted Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in response to Reich.
“Stop attacking Bezos Zuckerberg and Dorsey, you know your guys,” CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp tweeted.
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Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on Thursday and released a letter to advertisers outlining his vision for the company.
“The reason I bought Twitter is because it is important for the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be discussed in a healthy way, without resorting to violence,” Musk posted on Twitter. “There is currently a great danger that social media will splinter into far-right and far-left echo chambers that generate more hatred and divide our society.”
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Musk added that the social media platform “cannot become a free-for-all hell” and that he will focus on following the “laws of the land” while fostering an environment that is “warm and welcoming to all.”