Last Friday, Elon Musk, the world's wealthiest person, purchased Twitter, one of the world's most important communication platforms, for $44 billion. The first five days of Twitter under Musk's leadership have not gone well. Musk dissolved Twitter's board of directors and named himself the CEO. He already runs
Democracy has so many enemies. It’s a sign of a sick mind -one that thinks he is both “of the people” and a demi-god who can fix the imagined wrongs against his clans. Once again, conscious capitalism must be brought to bear. Applause to GM for suspending advertising. Applause to all other advertisers for pressing pause. We need to do more than vote. We need to be involved in conscious capitalism at every level.
It continuously amazes me to see evidence every day of new corruption by the high and mighty.
Lots of skittlebut re Elon Musk buying Twitter.
What ifs and buts.
Well “we’re not in Kansas anymore Dorothy.”
Its a full out takeover of any information, conspiracy theories ( Lies) and more lies.
Mr . Musk has spoken .
No more legitimate questions needed.
He is turning Twitter into
A far Right victims venue.
There is no truth in Twitter
Maybe people will finally stop calling Elon Musk some kind of visionary. He's not. He's a spoiled rich guy who's bored. Just because he had the money to buy Twitter doesn't mean that he should have done it. He's effectively ruined the platform inside of a week. I'm glad that I already stopped using it during the trump era.
We are entering a topsy turvy world folks. Everything is inverting. Truth is fiction and fiction will now have a larger platform to pose as fact upon. Money is speach, companies are people. Many of our representatives lie continually, to us and apparently, to themselves. The dishonest portray themselves as victims and the true victims (we the people) are left high and dry. If republicans take both House and Senate, we can expect not only more of the same, but an exponential increase of this foul and disgusting diet. Make your voices count. Make your votes count. We're ALL counting on you!
The worse is 1) his wealth was only possible due to tax credits and assistance during the Obama admin when Tesla sustained years of losses and was vulnerable to shutting down; 2) he's replicating w SpaceX benefitting from NASA government funding and 3) his companies have demonstrated a complete and intentional stance against Blacks with multiple discrimation cases in which Plaintiffs have prevailed and where I personally know non black professionals who have left Tesla due to personal observed and complicit discrimation by the most senior leaders. Guessing it's part of his values from his native country where he lived during apartheid.
I wouldn't buy a Tesla or use Twitter if my life depended on it - I encourage folks to rethink feeding this monster revenues and contributing to building his wealth when he's done and said so many evil things.
It's like he gets a pass on being evil because he's smart...you can argue many horrific people (e.g. Hitler) were smart but you see how that ended. We have got to assign value to one's emotional intelligence and to basic humanity and decency. Companies must pull ads $ from Twitter or risk being added to my do not buy list as well!
I deactivated my Twitter account yesterday and deleted the app. I was hoping to stay until after the midterms but it wouldn’t have mattered in the end. My last straw was seeing MTG with her account restored and tweeting vile lies about the attack on Paul Pelosi. I joined Twitter when Trump was elected in 2016 to find info on the Womens March to join in. My biggest regret in leaving is losing connection with the people I follow in other countries and getting their perspectives on what is happening there, like the political upheaval in England and the war in Ukraine.
Is there an alternative to Twitter people are going to? I am not sure there is a “safe” one. I am not on any other social media and am not interested in FB or many of the others.
This guy is dangerous. He has presented himself as someone who is above the laws of the land because "He knows better, I think he is vying to use his notoriety to become the next Trump. He is targeting a population that he knows will listen to the message "That they are out to get you and I will make all things better" Unfortunately, I think its time to stop using twitter. Kind of surprised that others have not launched a viable competitor.
Gee, it's almost as if the CEO of a car company doesn't have a clue how to run a social media company.
The site belongs to Elon and he is accountable to no one other than those to whom he owes money. He thinks the public wants Twitter badly enough to tolerate whatever he does. The question is whether that’s true. Some of the people I follow are trying to build audiences on Tribel. I haven’t checked it out.
Anyone who stays on Twitter is a fool
Thanks Judd, for the reminder to deactivate my Twitter account and delete the app.
Of course one must wonder if the current state of affairs will - as in much of the media - have the effect of exiling individuals of reason only to lend a louder megaphone to the selfish and depraved.
Folks, after you read Judd's post, it is time not just to leave Twitter, but to FLEE FROM TWITTER and get your friends to do the same. If you already have another home site, Judd, just let us know. We will follow you.
Great research and reporting, thanks Judd!
This isn't entirely true: "The verification badge will no longer signify anything, other than the willingness to pay Musk $8 per month."
Twitter can still require a verification process, so that if I sport a checkmark, people will know that Mark Gilbert is my real name. But, up until now, the checkmark also signified that the bearer was famous enough to make it worth Twitter's time to do the verification for free. (Not the case for me.)
If the checkmarks are a source of revenue, rather than an expense, Twitter will be motivated to do the verification process for anyone willing to pay.
I’ve deactivated my Twitter account. In 30 days, it will be deleted. I only used it to follow certain people.
Musk is an oligarch, and like (it seems) other oligarchs lives in a rarified world out of touch with humanity. These people want to use us for their peculiar and out of touch purposes. So anything I can do to counter that is worthwhile.
never have had a twitter account so I can't delete it. it does seem like it will now eventually lose all credibility and hopefully people of good will would dismiss it. unfortunately, like the tabloids in the checkout lane, you can't help but see it......question is will you ignore it and go about your business/life