Things are getting a little brighter for Twitter and the roaches don’t like that.
As RedState previously reported, SpaceX/Tesla CEO Elon Musk is getting nearer to buying the social media platform Twitter, which Musk has described as the “de facto town square.” Two people with insider knowledge of the situation told the New York Times that Musk and the board were negotiating his bid early Monday.
The Times article, as reported by Bonchie, was quickly followed up by articles on Bloomberg and Reuters which reported that a deal between Musk and Twitter’s board is imminent.
For fans of Musk, or at least those who support his goal of making Twitter a free speech platform, this is great news as we may be one step closer to having a platform where the free exchange of ideas without oversight by ideological radicals is possible.
But for the ideological radicals and the people who bought into their nonsense, this is a sad day.
“RIP Twitter” trended on Monday morning, filled to the brim with sad authoritarians who were lamenting the loss of their course handicap. Without the establishment working the conversation in their favor, their arguments and points will have to survive public weight and measurement without Twitter employees putting their fingers on the scales.
Naturally, they’re lashing out.
I see RIP Twitter trending and this is a good day to point out that grown men who like Elon Musk should be on a watchlist
— Eli Lazers (@LazersEli) April 25, 2022
You only need to see who’s celebrating this Elon Musk deal to know what Twitter is about to become. RIP Twitter.
— Serious Black 😷 (@NicsuPR) April 25, 2022
“RIP Twitter” was quickly overpowered by a trending hashtag #ElonMuskBuyTwitter, but I want to point something out. Many of the leftists began screaming the word they love to throw around more than any other right now: “disinformation.” They’re supposedly terrified that with Musk at the helm, people will just be able to spread false information and utilize lies to convince people of all sorts of harmful things and help stir up hatred toward another group.
To them, I’d say they needn’t worry. Twitter’s been doing that all along.
“Misinformation” has been such a cornerstone for Twitter that its staff enforced it. False information about the coronavirus pandemic, basic biology, censorship of doctors, scientists, and professionals for disproving the claims of leftist politicians, and more have been Twitter’s operating procedure. It enforced its terms of service selectively, punishing those for telling the truth and calling it “hate speech” or “misinformation” far more than those who lied.
If you’re worried about the appearance of misinformation on the platform, then I regret to inform you that we’ve been swimming in it this entire time.
Moreover, if they’re worried about the spread of hate then I’ve got even more sour news. The “hate” was already there, it was only just allowed to go one way. As I highlighted years ago, Twitter would allow even threats against the children of conservatives until such a stink was raised in public that they were forced to act.
Under free speech rules, Twitter will indeed have misinformation and hate being flung back and forth…just like it always has. Only now it can be properly challenged.
As I’ve said before, the people who are angry about this aren’t actually mad about what they say they’re mad about; they’re mad that they’ll no longer be the only people able to do it.
The national conversation is about to change drastically; that is, if Musk’s purchase goes through. Without control of the narrative on the west’s most popular conversation platform, what kind of look will the general public take on?
Time will tell, but for the first time in a long time, it looks hopeful.