Twitter’s board is reportedly working out a deal to sell the company to Elon Musk, and MAGA is cheering as they envision a social media site where accounts deleted for racism, violence, and disinformation are restored, and where accountability comes to an end.
According to Mediaitae, the plans are in the works and the deal could be confirmed as early as this morning. The company initially seemed unlikely to make a deal, which would show immediate profit for shareholders, but could have unpredictable outcomes for the site, company, and employees long-term, especially since Musk was open about his desire to make significant changes.
Now that it looks like the deal could go through, the site’s hundreds of millions of users are waiting to see what’s in store, and those in the MAGA camp are hoping that it benefits them.
Marjorie Taylor Greene perhaps speaks for a significant number of users who’ve been booted from the site for an inability or unwillingness to follow the rules about hate speech and disinformation, when she declares her hope that Musk will restore her personal account. (She’s still able to tweet from her official Congressional account.)
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) April 25, 2022
The other thing she’s hopeful about — that it will upset people she doesn’t like — is echoed by other right-wing extremists, like Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Twitter’s Board is reportedly reconsidering Elon Musk’s offer.
How crazy will the Left go if they accept his bid?
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 25, 2022
If other people’s unhappiness and concern is the primary goal, MAGA has scored a win even before the deal goes through — there’s a lot of discussion right now on the site of why this would be harmful to social media users and society. (This discussion is what the far right is characterizing as a ‘meltdown.’)
Not sure I am interested in Twitter if Elon Musk owns it.
— John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) April 24, 2022
When billionaires like Elon Musk justify their motives by using “freedom,” beware. What they actually seek is freedom from accountability.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) April 24, 2022
I still think Elon Musk owning Twitter is a bad idea. He will amplify racists, bigots, and misinformation. He is a bad-faith actor with his distorted views of free speech and censorship.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) April 25, 2022
If the deal goes through, people are divided on whether they’ll leave the site, or stick around and try to counter the rhetoric they fear this change will amplify.
I will absolutely stay on Twitter — even if Elon Musk buys it.
Raise your hand if you agree it will be even MORE important for progressive voices to be on Twitter! ✋
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) April 25, 2022
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