Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard of the rumors that Elon Musk was going to buy Twitter and take the company private in a move to promote free speech.
Some people loved the idea. Some hated it. Some think Musk is a kind of real-life billionaire superhero. Some people think he’s crazy.
And who knows? He may be. (But don’t you have to be at least a little crazy to build an electric car empire and invent a way to put a man on Mars?)
Whatever else Elon Musk may be, he’s now reportedly the owner of Twitter.
He may not be the sole figure behind the takeover (it seems he has raised funds elsewhere to assist in purchasing the company) but he is definitely the face of it. Part of this is probably due to his putting himself directly opposite of the current Twitter board in regard to who should be able to speak on the platform and what kind of opinions and speech should be allowed.
In an interview not long after the Twitter buyout was first spoken of as a possibility, Musk said “Is someone you don’t like allowed to say something you don’t like? If that is the case, then we have free speech. It’s….annoying, but that is the sign of a healthy, functioning free speech situation.”
I think he’s onto something. And you can’t pretend this isn’t just a little amusing, after years of left-of-center figures have told conservatives to go build their own platforms if they weren’t happy with existing ones (such as Twitter). Elon Musk just comes into the conversation with nearly $50 billion and says, “Why don’t I just buy yours?”
I can’t wait to see what happens now. Hopefully Mr. Musk will stay true to his apparent ideal of free speech and allow both sides to have an honest and open conversation. And leftist minds are going to explode if he reinstates the accounts of people they succeeded in kicking off the platform, especially one Donald J. Trump.
Personally, I think this is a win for not only Elon Musk, but for the American people. And now Mr. Musk is the first African American to own a large social media platform.
I have a feeling that a lot of changes are ahead for Twitter. Hopefully they’ll be for the better.