August 16, 2022

Elon Musk mocked the Washington Put up Friday after an op-ed from the paper referred to as for federal laws to forestall the wealthy from ‘controlling’ social media, following the Tesla CEO’s $3billion Twitter share buy-in earlier this week.

The piece, titled ‘Elon Musk’s imaginative and prescient of ‘free speech’ might be dangerous for Twitter,’ criticized the acquisition as ‘extremely disconcerting — a slap within the face, even’ – however conspicuously noticed no point out of the outlet’s personal billionaire proprietor, Musk rival Jeff Bezos.

‘Lmaooo,’ Musk, 50, tweeted Friday, in a response to the op-ed excerpt. 

Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, ruffled feathers this week when it was introduced he bought a 9.2 % stake within the social media large – making him the platform’s largest shareholder – and was becoming a member of the corporate’s board of administrators.

The brazen enterprise transfer from Muse, a staunch Libertarian who has lengthy accused the location of censoring customers’ free speech, noticed some specific issues over the South African mogul’s rising affect – together with Put up contributor Ellen Pao, who penned the scathing piece.

‘Musk’s appointment to Twitter’s board reveals that we’d like regulation of social-media platforms to forestall wealthy folks from controlling our channels of communication,’ Pao, a Silicon Valley enterprise capitalist who as soon as served because the CEO of Reddit, wrote Friday. 

‘Musk has been open about his choice that Twitter do much less to limit speech that many see as hateful, abusive or harmful,’ Pao, who boasts a reported internet value of $150million, continued. 

‘Given his new affect, the way in which he himself has used the platform bodes in poor health for its future.’ 

Elon Musk mocked the Washington Put up Friday after an op-ed from the paper referred to as for federal laws to forestall the wealthy from ‘controlling’ social media, following the Tesla CEO’s $3billion Twitter share buy-in earlier this week

The piece , titled 'Elon Musk's vision of 'free speech' will be bad for Twitter,' criticized the purchase as 'highly disconcerting — a slap in the face, even' - but conspicuously saw no mention of the outlet's own billionaire owner, Musk rival Jeff Bezos.

The piece , titled ‘Elon Musk’s imaginative and prescient of ‘free speech’ might be dangerous for Twitter,’ criticized the acquisition as ‘extremely disconcerting — a slap within the face, even’ – however conspicuously noticed no point out of the outlet’s personal billionaire proprietor, Musk rival Jeff Bezos.

Pao, who unsuccessfully sued former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a submitting that argued she was falsely terminated from the agency in 2012 as a result of she was a girl, went on to pan Musk, 50, identified for antics on social media, for a historical past of posts she deemed insensitive.

‘Musk, who has almost 81 million followers, usually punches down in his tweets, displaying little or no empathy,’ Pao, 52, wrote.

The millionaire tech investor pointed to current incidents of Musk posting flippantly on social media – together with a 2018 tweet the place the Tesla head joking referred to a British cave explorer who helped rescue 12 Thailand youngsters in a extremely publicized cave rescue as a ‘pedo man.’ 

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Vernon Unsworth, the caver Musk was referring to within the tweet, subsequently sued the billionaire – who boasts a reported internet value of $282billion, almost $100billion greater than second-richest man Bezos – for defamation, a swimsuit the explorer misplaced.

‘He referred to as a British caver who helped to rescue trapped younger Thai divers “a pedo man” (beating a defamation swimsuit over the slur however including to his fame as a bully),’ Pao wrote.

Musk, the world's wealthiest man, ruffled feathers this week when it was announced he purchased a 9.2 percent stake in the social media giant - making him the platform's largest shareholder - and was joining the company's board of directors

Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, ruffled feathers this week when it was introduced he bought a 9.2 % stake within the social media large – making him the platform’s largest shareholder – and was becoming a member of the corporate’s board of administrators

Pao panned Musk as a ‘troll’ for his web practices, and warned readers of the entrepreneur’s burgeoning affect.  

‘Like many trolls,’ Pao wrote, ‘Musk says his critics — each these on Twitter and people who sue him — ought to be extra “thick-skinned,”‘ referring to a phrase the Tesla tweeted in message to manufacturing unit employees, following a swimsuit from the state of California filed in February that alleges black staffers on the firm’s facility in Fremont had been subjected to racial harassment.   

The Put up piece then pointed to a different, since-delete publish from Musk from February, that in contrast Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler, with a meme that criticized the politician’s crackdown on Freedom Convoy protests. 

The piece was penned by Ellen Pao, a former Silicon Valley CEO and venture capitalist - with a reported 150 million net worth - who unsuccessfully sued former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a filing that argued she was falsely terminated from the firm in 2012 because she was a woman

The piece was penned by Ellen Pao, a former Silicon Valley CEO and enterprise capitalist – with a reported 150 million internet value – who unsuccessfully sued former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a submitting that argued she was falsely terminated from the agency in 2012 as a result of she was a girl

The post saw no mention of the outlet's own billionaire owner, Musk rival Jeff Bezos, currently the world's second richest man, behind the Tesla mogul

The publish noticed no point out of the outlet’s personal billionaire proprietor, Musk rival Jeff Bezos, at the moment the world’s second richest man, behind the Tesla mogul 

The Post piece criticized Musk for since-delete post from February (pictured) that compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler, and criticized the politician's crackdown on Freedom Convoy protests

The Put up piece criticized Musk for since-delete publish from February (pictured) that in contrast Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler, and criticized the politician’s crackdown on Freedom Convoy protests

‘In February, he tweeted, then deleted, a meme evaluating Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler,’ Pao wrote.

The op-ed contributor went on to the slam tech mogul for calling himself a ‘free-speech absolutist’ final month in a publish that noticed the Tesla CEO defend his choice to not cease Russian state media retailers from accessing Starlink web satellites the exec despatched to assist Ukrainians entry the web amid the continuing invasion.

Within the publish, Musk mentioned he made the decision as a result of he’s not ‘sorry to be a free speech absolutist.’ 

Pao wrote of Musk’s assertion: ‘Like many “free speech” advocates, he willfully ignores that non-public corporations are free to ascertain some limits on their platforms.’

‘Twitter made strides to take away hate and harassment and to offer customers extra management over how they share their opinions. It added options that permit customers restrict who might reply to their tweets, created labels for deceptive content material and banned President Donald Trump’s account.

‘In any case that, bringing Musk onto the board looks like an enormous step backward,’ Pao proclaimed. 

‘He can bend the corporate towards his preferences, eradicating cheap insurance policies on hateful speech and urging people who find themselves harassed to have thicker skins.’

Pao then criticized Twitter’s choice to nominate Musk to the corporate’s board, and referred to as for presidency regulation of social-media platforms to forestall wealthy folks from controlling’ the media. 

‘For starters, we’d like constant definitions of harassment and of content material that violates private privateness,’ Pao mentioned of the possible federal intervention plan.

‘Most corporations, I think, would welcome such laws… If platforms proceed to push for progress in any respect prices — with out such laws — folks will proceed to be harmed. 

‘The folks harmed will disproportionately be those that have been harmed for hundreds of years — girls and members of marginalized racial and ethnic teams. The individuals who profit from unrestricted amplification of their views may even be the identical individuals who have benefited from that privilege for hundreds of years.’ 

Following the piece’s publishing Friday morning, many, together with Musk, had been fast to query the credibility of Pao’s comment, given the Put up’s personal ties to billionaire Bezos. 

‘Why is it humorous? As a result of Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Put up,’ one consumer wrote.

‘Unsure why they’d be fearful by @elonmusk shopping for a little bit of Twitter,’ one other added. ‘It’s ironic as a result of doesn’t Bezos personal that paper. Murdoch owns a variety of the worlds papers and information. Wealthy folks have at all times owned the narrative. It’s as much as you to select your reality to observe.’

‘Must be the Washington Woke,’ one other sniped. 

Following the piece's publishing Friday morning, many were quick to question the credibility of Pao's remark, given the Post's own ties to billionaire Bezos

Following the piece’s publishing Friday morning, many had been fast to query the credibility of Pao’s comment, given the Put up’s personal ties to billionaire Bezos

Twitter entered into its board membership settlement with Musk on Monday, an SEC report revealed.

After submitting the regulatory submitting Tuesday, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal introduced Musk’s board membership on the social media, alleging the billionaire brings ‘nice worth’ to the corporate.

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‘I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board! Via conversations with Elon in current weeks, it grew to become clear to us that he would carry nice worth to our Board,’ Agrawal wrote.

‘He’s each a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is precisely what we’d like on @Twitter, and within the boardroom, to make us stronger within the long-term. Welcome Elon!’ 

Musk responded to the CEO, saying: ‘Wanting ahead to working with Parag & Twitter board to make important enhancements to Twitter in coming months!’ 

Different board members appeared receptive to Musk – who has 80 million Twitter followers – becoming a member of their ranks, with a number of issuing welcome messages on-line, together with platform founder Jack Dorsey.

Twitter board members, including founder Jack Dorsey, seemed excited about Musk's appointment

Twitter board members, together with founder Jack Dorsey, appeared enthusiastic about Musk’s appointment

Several, including Omid Kordestani, the board's executive chairman and a current member, posted messages of welcome to the platform

A number of, together with Omid Kordestani, the board’s government chairman and a present member, posted messages of welcome to the platform

Board chair and Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor said they were excited to work with Musk

Board chair and Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor mentioned they had been excited to work with Musk

‘I’m actually joyful Elon is becoming a member of the Twitter board! He cares deeply about our world and Twitter’s function in it,’ Dorsey tweeted. ‘Parag and Elon each lead with their hearts, and they are going to be an unimaginable group.’

Board chair and Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor echoed the sentiment, saying: ‘Welcome to the Twitter board, @elonmusk! We’re all excited to work with you and construct the way forward for Twitter collectively.’

Taylor’s publish was retweeted by fellow board members Mimi Alemayehou, Senior Vice President for Public-Non-public Partnership at Mastercard; Martha Lane Fox, Founder and Chairperson of Fortunate Voice Group; and Stanford College professor Dr. Fei-Fei Li. 

Omid Kordestani, the board’s government chairman and a present member, wrote: ‘Welcome @elonmusk!’

The 4 remaining board members – Former World Financial institution President Robert Zoellick, Invoia Capital common companion Patrick Pichette, 1stdibs.com Inc. CEO David Rosenblatt, and Egon Durban, Co-CEO of Silver Lake – didn’t publicly touch upon Musk’s appointment to the board.

Not one of the members instantly responded to DailyMail.com’s requests for remark.  

Twitter stocks have surged since mid-March when Musk purchased his stake

Twitter shares have surged since mid-March when Musk bought his stake 

Stock prices rose by more than 3 percent on Tuesday after news of Musk's board appointment

Inventory costs rose by greater than 3 % on Tuesday after information of Musk’s board appointment

Hundreds of thousands of traders flocked to Twitter’s inventory after Musk disclosed his 9.2 % stake within the firm. 

The inventory grew to become the most purchased U.S. inventory by retail traders on Monday, surging 27 % in worth. 

Inventory costs rose by greater than three %, to 50.98, on Tuesday after information of Musk’s board appointment. The inventory was buying and selling at round 39 on Friday.   

Within the newest Forbes listing, Musk, elevated his internet value to $282billion, almost $100billion richer than Amazon founder Bezos, whose internet value is $183.6billion.