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US lawmakers react to Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter

Republican lawmakers on Monday hailed tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, hailing the acquisition as a victory for free speech and democracy.

“Twitter openly censors speech based on political ideology and mocks our constitutional liberties,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted Monday morning.

“If Elon Musk can turn this around to actually protect freedom of expression and encourage open discourse, then the full potential of Twitter will be unlocked.”

Lone Star State Gov. Greg Abbott also pushed for the sale, urging Musk to move the social media company to Texas.

“@elonmusk. Bring Twitter to Texas to join Tesla, SpaceX & the Boring Company.” he tweeted.

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a senior member of the House Energy and Trade Committee, heralded the news as a much-needed breakup from Big Tech.

“Big tech cannot continue to silence people – they are not and should not be the arbiters of truth. It’s time to replace big tech censorship with the battle of ideas and I hope for a new direction in free speech at @Twitter.” she tweeted.

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn also hailed the takeover by Tesla CEO as a victory in the fight against censorship.

“Today is an encouraging day for freedom of expression. I’m confident that Elon Musk will help stem Big Tech’s history of censoring users who take a different viewpoint.” She wrote.

She added that the purchase was intended to “scare” Progressive.

“Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter terrifies the left because they don’t want their power to censor conservatives threatened.” she tweeted.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan Put simply: “Freedom of expression is making a comeback.”

Musk pictured at a "cyber rodeo" at Tesla Giga Texas on April 7th.
Musk at a “cyber rodeo” at Tesla Giga Texas on April 7th.
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The announcement wasn’t enough to bring former President Donald Trump back to the social media site, however, as the ex-POTUS last week insisted he will not return to Twitter — even if Musk were to permanently ban the site against him.

Trump tells FoxNews that he was planning to use his own fledgling Truth Social app, which launched in February, instead – and insisted his platform was “a lot better” than Twitter.

“I’m not going on Twitter, I’m going to stick to the truth,” Trump said. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he will make improvements on it and he’s a good man, but I’m sticking to the truth.”

Though Musk is urging his “worst critics” to stay on the platform, lawmakers on the left are vowing to reconsider their Twitter presence.

Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren did not hold back To write: “This deal is dangerous for our democracy. Billionaires like Elon Musk play by different rules than everyone else, accumulating power for their own benefit. We need a wealth tax and strict rules to hold big tech accountable.”

Meanwhile, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tweeted, “If the US had a privacy law with teeth, or if Twitter encrypted DMs like I called for years ago, Americans wouldn’t be wondering what today’s sale means for their private information. Protecting American privacy must be a condition of any sale.”

As a result of the sale, Twitter will now be a private company.

Musk, who has said he wants to buy Twitter to restore the platform’s adherence to free speech principles, will pay $54.20 a share for the company he has promised to privatize.

“Freedom of expression is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace where important issues affecting the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said said in a statement.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features, open-sourcing algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and authenticate everyone. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the user community to unlock it.”

https://nypost.com/2022/04/26/us-lawmakers-react-to-elon-musk-buying-twitter/ US lawmakers react to Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter

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