Twitterati buzzing over Elon Musk’s latest spat with the platform
New York City: The saga of Elon Musk vs Twitter has taken another turn, and this time it’s Twitter that has the upper hand. In an ongoing effort to clean up its platform, the social media giant recently banned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza over his tweet about how the Florida high school shooting was done by a crisis actor—a person employed by people or organizations to pretend they were witnesses or victims of traumatic events, especially those connected to political or military conflicts; usually in order to gain public support for one side of an argument or another.
Musk begins Twitter rant
Elon Musk has been at odds with Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, for months. But it seems like the feud is escalating. Yesterday, Elon took to his Twitter account to accuse Jack of not upholding his pledge to create a free speech environment for his company.
@jack why don’t you get on your knees and say thank you, Elon tweeted after reading an interview in which Jack defended Twitter’s practice of banning far-right accounts in Germany. Elon also responded to one of his followers who said that he should just leave the social media site: He can’t do that because he has already had his account suspended. Elon then tried to point out that as long as one does not violate Twitter’s terms of service, they should be able to stay on the site.
Some users stand up for Musk
Some users have been vocal about their support for Elon Musk in his current battle against Twitter, arguing that it is not fair for him to be banned from a network on which he invested millions of dollars. Others came to Twitter’s defense, however, arguing that Musk has been insensitive and disrespectful to other users and that he should have expected consequences as a result. Regardless of one’s opinion on the matter, it is clear that this spat has prompted an interesting conversation about social media and its effects on mental health. With more than 20% of Americans using Twitter, many are asking what the implications will be for those who cannot rely on it for communication if they are blocked by someone influential like Elon Musk.
Others defend their first amendment rights
In a series of tweets, Elon Musk explained that he was going to take a break from Twitter, claiming that the level of abuse on the site has made him feel like it isn’t worth his time. In response to this, many Twitter users have defended their first amendment rights. While some argue for stricter rules for those who use the platform for harassment, others argue that Elon Musk should reconsider his decision. A few people even joked about how much more fun Twitter would be without Elon Musk!
And some start trolling him
It is no secret that Elon Musk has a beef with Twitter. In fact, he called it a (expletive) waste of time in an interview last year. And his new fight on Wednesday didn’t do anything to disprove that theory.
Musk tweeted some harsh words to Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, calling him out for blocking him on the social media site. Jack, why are you so worried about public opinion? I have lost all respect for your company.
An hour later, Elon replied again: You block me but allow pornographers and those who attacked my high school classmates to use the service?
The spat began when someone on Twitter tagged Elon Musk in a tweet referring to Tesla as trash.
Elon responded by saying @jack is right, referring to Jack Dorsey’s recent comment that he prefers email because it requires more thought.
What does it all mean?
The fall-out from Elon Musk’s decision to delete his Twitter account continues. It all started last week when Musk tweeted that he would take Tesla private if the stock price reached $420 per share. This tweet appeared to have been a joke, but it was followed by another tweet from him which seemed to make it clear that he was serious. The US Securities and Exchange Commission is now investigating whether or not this tweet is in breach of any laws which regulate trading on public markets. Meanwhile, many people were unhappy about Musk’s recent decision to delete his personal Twitter account (which had 22 million followers) because they want to be able to track Elon Musk news easily. In response to these complaints, Elon has announced that he will keep an official company page on the social media site and will stop deleting tweets after they are posted.
What we have learned from this battle
Elon Musk, entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has been a longtime Twitter user. But he has recently been in a public feud with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. After being banned from tweeting for saying he was going to take Tesla private on his account, Elon retaliated by suspending his own use of the site. In response, Dorsey tweeted that This is what happens when you don’t use your platform to create change. To date, Elon has not responded to this comment. It seems as though Elon does not want to be silenced on any social media platforms which makes sense given how much exposure it would cost him. What do you think about Elon Musk vs twitter? Comment Below