Suddenly, everything was like secondary, and the digital planet was torn apart by the takeover, Thursday, October 27, of Twitter by Elon Musk for 44 billion dollars (44.24 billion euros). Even the most famous outlaw of the famous network, the one who no longer has a right of citizenship on the digital forum since his coup attempt on January 6, 2021, has invited himself into the debate. “I am very happy that Twitter is now in good hands and no longer run by crazies and radical left maniacs who really hate our country”wrote, Friday, October 28, Donald Trump on his own social network.
The debate took a surprising turn, each appropriating the network and personally challenging the new master of the place, Elon Musk, the richest man in the world. Everyone goes there with their personal remark, creating an alleged intimacy with Mr. Musk, the man with 112 million subscribers. The latter tweets, “the bird is released”. Thierry Breton, the European commissioner for digital, answers him directly: “In Europe, it will fly by our rules. “This will cause controversy, but the censorship of the platforms had clearly gone too far”writes former computer scientist and whistleblower Edward Snowden from his Russian refuge.
There are those who test censorship, by insulting Elon Musk, and show his photo with Ghislaine Maxwell, the tout of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who committed suicide in prison. The diversions of images and other jokes rain down by the hundreds. Some call on Mr. Musk to offer their services, ask for certification of their Twitter account, such as Kyle Rittenhouse, a young gun-crazed right-wing extremist who killed two people in the Kenosha riots in the summer of 2020 but was acquitted for self-defense. Still others call for the unblocking of their account: ” Hey ! @Elon Musk! This is Lana Del Rey and I’m tweeting from my backup account. Do you think it’s possible to reactivate my deactivated account? »
Throughout the weekend, Republicans and the far right celebrated as Elon Musk retweeted a conspiratorial message about Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, victim of an assault. The left is dismayed, the New York Times pretends to organize the resistance: “After Elon Musk took office, some Twitter users wondered if they should take additional steps to protect their accounts, or even delete them,” while General Motors, competitor of Tesla, the car firm of Elon Musk, suspended its advertising investments on Twitter.
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