‘Might as Well Call It Trumpet’

Amid renewed plans to buy Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk fired at Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social, calling it a “right-wing echo chamber” in an interview. with Financial Times.

“It might as well be called Trumpet,” Musk said.

Musk said Truth Social is indicative of the breakdown of social media into various politically charged silos. His comments echo those he made last summer opposing Twitter’s decision to ban Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising on the grounds that his tweets incited violence. .

“I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump. I think it was wrong because it alienated a lot of the country and ultimately didn’t stop Donald Trump from being heard,” he said. Musk said at the time.

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Musk has spent the last few months in a legal battle with Twitter after backing out of plans to acquire the social media platform over claims that Twitter was not doing enough to take down bot accounts on the site. Now, less than two weeks before Musk and Twitter go on trial over the reneged deal, Musk is again offering to buy the site for $44 billion, the same proposed price originally offered in April.

“I don’t do Twitter for the money. It’s not like I was trying to buy a yacht and couldn’t afford it,” Musk told the Financial Times. “I don’t own any boats. But I think it’s important that people have a reliable and inclusive way of exchanging ideas as much as possible and that it’s as reliable and transparent as possible.

While a judge postponed the trial due to the new proposal, giving Musk until October 28 to complete the case. But Twitter says they can’t believe the billionaire’s offer is bona fide, calling Musk’s offer “an invitation to further mischief and delay” in new court filings on Thursday.

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“Now, on the eve of the trial, [Musk] declared [he] intention[s] close after all. “Trust us,” they say, “we mean it this time,” and so they’re asking to be excused from a judgment on the merits,” the filing by Twitter’s attorneys states.

Meanwhile, Social truth encountered some difficulties. Last month, investors withdrew $138.5 million from the blank check company linked to Trump’s social media platform, and Digital World Acquisition Corp., which was supposed to provide $1.3 billion to help the former president take on Twitter, changed his address to a mailbox at a UPS store.

The address change came amid the same disclosure that investors had withdrawn money from the company, which generally disappointed after attracting far fewer users than expected.

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