Conservatives praised Elon Musk’s Twitter buyout deal on Monday, reflecting how anger over Silicon Valley’s content moderation decisions has become a central issue for Republican lawmakers.
Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee She said she was “confident that Elon Musk will help in Big Tech’s story by censoring users who have a different point of view.” Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted that free speech is “coming back” and published a news article on the nearly $ 44 billion deal. Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert tweeted that Mr. Musk “now literally owns the bookstores”.
Former President Donald J. Trump, a prolific Twitter user before the service banned him after the January 6 2021 attack on the Capitol, he told Fox News who hoped that Mr. Musk would buy Twitter “because he will make improvements and he is a good man.”
But he told the cable network that he would not be returning to service. Instead, he said he would use Truth Social, the place started in February with his support and it got off to a slow start.
Musk’s purchase of Twitter could confuse the debate in Washington about regulating major social media platforms. Republican lawmakers have spent years criticizing the site for removing content from conservative personalities and editors. Now they hope that Mr. Musk will bring an era of relaxed restraint to the platform.
But the deal could raise concerns with groups who want Silicon Valley platforms to do more to limit hate speech, violent content and disinformation.
“Musk has not just bought another expensive play toy, but a global online community that includes some 330 million regular users,” Jessica J. González, co-CEO of the Free Press public interest group, said in a statement. “With control of such a massive platform comes great responsibility, and Musk hasn’t shown he has the ability to be accountable to this diverse online community.”
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, declined to comment on the deal. But you said President Biden has longstanding concerns about the spread of disinformation online.