Joe Biden is worried that the acquisition of Elon Musk’s Twitter will affect the 2024 presidential election, as he suspects the billionaire will allow former US President Donald Trump to return to the platform.
The White House has expressed concern that disinformation on Twitter will increase under Musk’s leadership ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Former President Barack Obama is also among the group concerned that Musk’s acquisition of a social network could lead to a return of Trump in the platform.
“Trump will use Twitter to do much more damage and regain power, and Musk has given no indication that he will do anything to stop it,” Democrat and political strategist Mary Ann Marsh told CNBC.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to comment on the deal, but said Biden “has long talked about the power of social media in spreading misinformation,” she told a briefing Monday.
Twitter blocked Trump’s access to the social network due to the spread of false information and incitement to the January 6, 2021 uprising in the Capitol. People close to Trump, including political adviser Roger Stone, lawyers Lynn Wood and Sidney Powell, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, also have no access to Twitter.
“Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital city square where issues vital to the future of humanity are discussed,” Musk said in a statement released in a press release announcing the deal.
The richest man in the world at the moment Elon Musk (276 billion dollars at the beginning of April this year) managed to reach an agreement with the board of directors of “Twitter” and become the owner of the global social network for 54.20 dollars. action. That makes the total value of the deal about $ 44 billion, BGNES reported. The news was also confirmed by the management of Twitter.
Musk, who has developed a successful business with his Tesla and SpaceX companies, has in the past described Twitter as a “digital public square where topics vital to the future of humanity” are discussed. The businessman himself recently announced that he does not intend to join the board of directors of Twitter if he finalizes the deal. In early April, he acquired 9.2% of the shares of the social network worth $ 2.89 billion.
“I want to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features, making open source algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and authenticate everyone. Twitter has great potential.” I look forward to working with the company and the consumer community to expand it, “was Elon Musk’s first comment after the deal.