BREAKING NEWS: Elon Musk Officially Owns Twitter
Controversy spreads as Elon Musk begins his ownership over the social media platform, Twitter
October 28, 2022
On Oct. 28, 2022, Twitter had its first full day under Elon Musk, founder and owner of Tesla and SpaceX. Many conservative influencers who had been critical of Twitter’s past moderation are already celebrating because of the shift in ownership.
Several users are appreciative of the change. One anonymous user, [@catturd2], a well-followed conservative who supports false election fraud claims and was also retweeted by former President Donald Trump, tweeted today, “Can you feel it? Twitter is actually fun again.” Additionally, Georgia Representative, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who once had her personal account banned for spreading COVID-19 misinformation, which violated Twitter’s policy, tweeted, “FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!!” in celebration of the new ownership. Many far-right podcast and talk show hosts, such as Ben Shapiro, are retweeting Musk’s tweet stating, “We can only hope that other social media bosses (cc: Mark Zuckerberg) follow Musk’s lead.”
Donald Trump, Alex Jones and other previously banned users have been backed by a conservative nonprofit group, Turning Point USA. They tweeted, “It’s time. Bring them all back.”
However, change will be slow. “Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints. No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes,” Musk said in a tweet.