TWITTER has accepted Elon Musk’s offer to buy the company $54.20 per share in cash as part of a reported $44 billion deal.
The new working relationship might be a bit awkward considering Musk has a history of toasting the social media platform.
From calls for the company to undermine democracy to Stalin memes, here are seven times he took to Twitter to criticize the company.
Platform accused of undermining democracy
In March, the tech mogul tweeted a poll asking if users think Twitter respects freedom of expression.
“Freedom of expression is essential for a functioning democracy. Do you think Twitter strictly adheres to this principle?” Musk asked in the March 25 tweet.
More than 2 million people responded, with 70% responding “no” they didn’t believe Twitter respected freedom of speech.
The next day after the results came in, Musk asked another question asking for solutions to Twitter’s failure to uphold the principles of free speech.
“Given that Twitter serves as a de facto public marketplace, failure to uphold the principles of free speech fundamentally undermines democracy.
What is to be done?” he asked.
Threatened to launch a competing platform
After asking Twitter users what they think should be done about the company’s perceived free speech issues, a response sparked talk of a competing platform.
“Would you consider building a new social media platform @elonmusk?” a Twitter user asked.
“One that would consist of an open-source algorithm, one where free speech and respect for free speech are given the highest priority, one where propaganda is very minimal.”
musk answered: “I’m seriously considering it.”
Mocked Twitter’s new CEO in a meme
Musk released a famous black-and-white photo of former Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin standing by a river with one of his officials, Nikola Yezhov.
Stalin later had Yezhov erased from the picture after his execution.
In the version Musk posted, the head of new Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal is photoshopped onto Stalin’s body and Dorsey’s head is photoshopped onto the body of Yezhov, the executed official.
Trolled former CEO Jack Dorsey
Musk also used Twitter to shoot down Dorsey.
Last year, when the social media founder reported on the new bitcoin-focused initiative he was creating called the B Word, Musk poked fun at the name.
“Bicurious?” musk wroteresponds to Dorsey’s tweet.
Said Twitter should do more to fight bots
Two years ago, Musk tweeted his support for Dorsey.
“I just want to say that I support @Jack as CEO of Twitter. He has a good one [heart].” he wrote.
But the entrepreneur didn’t hold back when YouTuber Tim Dodd brought up bots.
“I hope he works hard on the bots and reviews. You seem to have gotten out of hand on that front.” Dodd wrote.
musk answered agree: “This is vital.”
Has criticized Twitter for spending resources on NFTs
When Twitter announced a new service earlier this year that would allow people to use NFTs as their profile picture, Musk seemed unimpressed.
“This is annoying,” he wrote in a tweet, accompanied by a screenshot of a Twitter post about “Introducing NFT profile pictures.”
“Twitter is spending engineering resources on this OS while crypto scammers are throwing a spambot block party in every thread!?” he said later in the thread.
Said the algorithm should be open source
He even tweeted one in March opinion poll ask if the “Twitter algorithm should be open source”.
More than 1.1 million people took part in the poll, with 82.7% voting yes for an open-source algorithm.
This week was full of news via Musk and Twitter.
News broke Monday that Musk had recently acquired a 9.2% passive stake in Twitter.
The more than 73 million shares Musk now owns were worth about $2.89 billion as of April 1, according to data CNBC.
Twitter CEO Agrawal made more news Tuesday morning when he announced that Musk would be joining the company’s board of directors.
“Through discussions with Elon over the past few weeks, we realized he would bring great value to our board,” Agrawal tweeted.
Musk said he’s “looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter.”
The tech mogul also currently serves as CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.
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