Elon Musk tries to explain why he left Donald Trump and others return to Twitter, even after promising this decision would be left to a content moderation board made up of people with “very diverse points of view”. And wow, his explanation is definitely something; in a tweet tuesday nighthe claimed the council was part of a deal he made with an unnamed “grand coalition of political/social activist groups”, implying it was their fault.
Musk says he made a deal to stop these groups from trying to destroy Twitter’s ad revenue, and that these groups “broke the deal,” so he no longer has to abide by anything relates to advice.
Earlier this month, Musk was banned Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin and The bee of Babylon, before launching a poll asking his followers if they wanted to see Donald Trump reinstated on the platform, tweeting “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, which translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God”. The next day, without any mention of the council, he announced that Trump would be released based on poll results (although the former president and current presidential hopeful has yet to tweet back).
Here’s another poll: do you accept Musk’s explanation?
This isn’t the first time Musk has pointed the finger at “activists.” Earlier this month, he tweeted that activist groups were “pressured by advertisers” in an effort to “destroy free speech in America.” Meanwhile, The edge saw documents of one of the three main advertising companies who advised clients to stop running campaigns on the platform. Omnicom Media Group and others did not cite pressure from political or social activists; instead, they said Twitter posed a risk to brands due to concerns about compliance, imitationa lack of moderation, and how the massive layoffs will affect the ability of the business to operate.