Elon Musk buys Twitter


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Ryan Van Veldhuizen, Editor

Elon Musk is now the owner and CEO of Twitter, the social media website known for it’s controversial and outlandish posts by people. On April 25, it was announced that the company accepted his offer of $44 billion.

Before this payment, he was purchasing millions of stocks from Twitter, giving his a 9% stake in the company. This made him the largest stockholder in the website, so they were already questioning what Musk was doing with the corporation.

Musk made this enormous payment due to his desire to make Twitter a more politically neutral space. He vows that as CEO he will provide free speech and allow everyone’s voices to be heard equally. Obviously, this action has had a great amount of rejoicing and resentment towards him and what he plans to do in the future.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity and debated,” stated Musk on Twitter.

Conservatives have been triumphant about this news due to the silencing they claim the website has put on them. Previous users such as Donald Trump were banned from Twitter for violating their community guidelines, but people think he may come back if Musk lets him.

“I am one of the believers that Elon Musk is trying to bring back the right to freedom of speech in journalism… allowing for all voices to be heard instead of just one,” stated Mr. Fehn, U.S. History teacher.

While liberals are leaving Twitter because they think Musk will make the app less friendly towards them by changing the way their content is viewed. Celebrities are also tweeting about their ‘last posts’ before they leave and not supporting the purchase. Musk says that everyone, no matter their political affiliation, should be involved in the website because having every voice heard is what free speech is