I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022
Twitter Inc. has sold Twitter to Elon Musk for a reported figure of $43B. pic.twitter.com/yIMq3JSBrC— Nipseyrussell (@Nipseyrussell2) April 25, 2022
Well, this is a pleasant surprise.
I wasn’t that optimistic that Elon Musk would succeed in his hostile takeover of Twitter. I don’t really care either way. Twitter is an elite echo chamber, not real life.
“Twitter is said to be in advanced talks to accept Elon Musk’s $43 billion takeover bid as early as Monday, following a weekend of negotiations. …”
This is 2022, not 2016.
The polls show that the country is far more radicalized now than it was when Trump won the 2016 election. The censorship of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube that has been in place since 2017 has created an illusion of calm on the surface of social media. The last few years have been terrible for social media influencers who rode the populist wave, but politically we only continued to gain ground.
I’ve spent years wondering what Twitter would sound like … if, say, it was unmuted and unrigged in 2020, 2021 or 2022. Comment sections and dislikes have been removed from lots of websites and social media platforms due to the feedback. Democracy has actually died in the darkness.
Note: The champions of “liberal democracy” want to get rid of free speech and restrict access to social media platforms. They want to quash debate and impose their dogma. The idea that any Tom, Dick or Harry can be “amplified” on social media sends our liberal elites into a sputtering rage about the “authoritarianism” of allowing ordinary people to speak and air their grievances.