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[COMMENTARY] Twitter Users Threaten ‘Twexit’ After Elon Musk Takeover

[COMMENTARY] Twitter Users Threaten ‘Twexit’ After Elon Musk Takeover

Twitter agreed to sell itself, and therefore all of its users, to Elon Musk in a roughly $44 billion deal that now put the world’s richest man with the biggest overcompensation rocket ever built now in charge of one of the world’s most influential social networks.

Musk doesn’t seem to have a philanthropic bone in his wax statue body, taking on a “But what’s in it for me?” posture whenever someone suggests he spend his kajillions on some other than boosting his ego by sending giant phallic symbols into space. I’ve already written about what he could be doing if he wasn’t so busy trying to keep impressing grimes.

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Everything about him makes my flesh crawl, which is the same reaction I’ve always had whenever I see Trump, so I guess my body’s response system to evil is as sharp as ever.

Playing Dr. Evil just with better hair plugs, Elon “Not Actually a 70s Drugstore Cologne” Musk believes he’s making Twitter better by letting the worst people have free reign to decide what the limits of the First Amendment should be, rather than respecting what they actually are.

While many Twitter users are staying put to keep shouting the truth into the void–yours truly included–there are many others making a “Twexit” to other platforms, particularly Counter Social. Positioning itself as the “anti-Twitter,” Counter Social doesn’t allow trolling, bullying, or bots.

Plenty of Twitter users were still discussing the should we stay or should we go tactic on Monday afternoon.

One bit of grace here is that the deal, which was unanimously approved by Twitter’s board (whom I all picture counting up their individual severance packages with the glee of a young child collecting Beanie Babie), is expected to close this year. So the same terrible we’re all used to won’t be changing drastically overnight. But this weak response from the people who still have no clue what online harassment actually tells me exactly what we’ve been dealing with all along: “The Twitter Board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon’s proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing,” Twitter independent board chair Bret Taylor said in a statement, calling the deal ” the best path forward for Twitter’s stockholders.” TL;DR: Anyone can be bought.

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The biggest impact may be on Black Twitter, which longtime users acknowledge as the reason it stayed fun for as long as it did. Musk’s family’s ties to apartheid-era diamond mining in South Africa is just another thing Black Twitter will not let white people forget about, and rightfully so. I for one hope there is still enough of a Black Twitter presence to make it worth sticking around once the Musk Era goes into effect.

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