President Donald Trump made his mark with the American public largely by skipping past the Fake News Media and speaking directly to his supporters through social media.
And then all of Big Tech banded together and banned the then-sitting President of the United States from their platforms.
But now, thanks to Elon Musk, the so-called “mean tweets” might be making a comeback.
Tesla founder, Elon Musk just spent $2.89-Billion to purchase 73.5-Million shares – in the process becoming the largest stakeholder in social media giant Twitter, owning 9% of the tech company.
I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board! Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board.
— Parag Agrawal (@paraga) April 5, 2022
As the owner of the plurality of Twitter shares, Musk has also been invited to join Twitter’s Board of Directors.
The world’s richest man has long been a critic of Twitter’s history of censoring political speech that runs counter to what founder Jack Dorsey or new CEO Parag Agrawal believe.
And his purchase of the largest share of Twitter stock, could come just in time for a big present for the 45th President of the United State’s upcoming birthday on June 14.
Just days before he purchased 9% of the social media conglomerate, Musk questioned Twitter’s ever-changing speech guidelines.
“Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy,” Musk tweeted. “What should be done? Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?”
In fact, before the big Twitter reveal, Musk had hinted he was giving thought to launching his own social media site that would value free speech.
Would you consider building a new social media platform, @elonmusk? One that would consist an open source algorithm, one where free speech and adhering to free speech is given top priority, one where propaganda is very minimal. I think that kind of a platform is needed.
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) March 26, 2022
Meanwhile, the New York Post is reporting Trump supporters are urging the billionaire boss to reinstate the former President’s account.
“Now that Elon Musk is Twitter’s largest shareholder, it’s time to lift the political censorship,” Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado tweeted. “Oh…and BRING BACK TRUMP!”
Now that @ElonMusk is Twitter’s largest shareholder, it’s time to lift the political censorship.
Oh… and BRING BACK TRUMP!
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 4, 2022
Popular political parody site, the Babylon Bee was another victim of twitter cancel culture after it made a joke about transgender Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Richard “Rachel” Levine winning USA Today’s Woman of the Year honors.
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon says he actually spoke to the Tesla founder shortly after Twitter banned his company’s comedy account.
“Musk reached out to us before he polled his followers about Twitter’s commitment to free speech,” Dillon said. “He wanted to confirm that we had, in fact, been suspended. He even mused on that call that he might need to buy Twitter.”
Twitter was one of the first Big Tech or Big Media companies to ban the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden and his infamous laptop.
They claimed the story was “misinformation” and was a danger of influencing the November 2020 election.
The fact is, polling shows if voters knew about the Hunter Biden scandal enough of them in battleground states would have switched their votes to swing the election to Trump.
Before stepping down as Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey admitted his company was in error by censoring the Hunter Biden Laptop story.
Wallstreet seems to approve of Musk’s immense investment in Twitter.
Shares of the company soared more than 27% in pre-market trading the day after news of the Musk investment broke.