Trump says he’s glad Twitter is in ‘safe hands’


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Just hours after Elon Musk ushered in a new era on Twitter, the billionaire owner has been overwhelmed with calls and demands from banned account holders and world leaders.

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The flood of requests underscores the challenge the CEO of electric car maker Tesla faces, balancing a promise to restore free speech while preventing the platform from descending into a ‘hellscape’ as he had promised in an open letter to advertisers on Thursday.

Former US President Donald Trump, who was permanently banned from Twitter on charges of inciting violence following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots, welcomed the takeover but said little about a return to Twitter. “I’m very happy that Twitter is now in good hands and no longer run by crazies and radical left maniacs who really hate our country.”

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Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian President and current Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, tweeted his congratulations: “Good luck @elonmusk overcoming political bias and ideological dictatorship on Twitter. And leave this Starlink business in Ukraine.

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Others have called on Musk to reverse the sanctions imposed by the social media platform. Responding to @catturd2, an anonymous account with 852,000 followers known to be a big supporter of Trump voter fraud allegations, and who said he was ‘shadowbanned’, Musk tweeted “I’ll dig deeper today today.

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Pressure is mounting on Musk and Twitter as he prepares to address Twitter staff on Friday after the deal closes.

“Hey @ElonMusk, now that you own Twitter, will you help fight Trudeau’s Bill C-11 online censorship?” tweeted Canada Proud, an organization working to vote against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“First I heard,” Musk replied in a tweet on Friday.

Musk did not provide details on how he will achieve all of this and who will run the company. He said he planned to cut jobs, leaving Twitter’s 7,500 employees to worry about their future. He also said on Thursday that he didn’t buy Twitter to make more money but “to try to help humanity, which I love.”

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Musk tried to allay fears among Twitter employees about major layoffs coming and assured advertisers that his past criticism of Twitter’s content moderation rules would not hurt his appeal.

Less than 10% of the 266 Twitter employees who took part in a survey of messaging app Blind expected to still have their jobs in three months. Blind allows employees to report complaints anonymously after signing up with company emails.

Musk has fired Twitter chief executive Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal and chief legal and policy officer Vijaya Gadde, according to people familiar with the matter. He had accused them of misleading him and Twitter investors about the number of fake accounts on the platform.

Agrawal and Segal were at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco when the deal was struck and were being escorted out, the sources added.

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Musk, who also heads rocket company SpaceX, plans to become Twitter’s interim CEO, according to a person familiar with the matter and following an earlier Reuters report. Musk also plans to remove permanent user bans, Bloomberg said, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Twitter, Musk and executives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

‘CHIEF TWIT’ Before closing the deal, Musk walked into Twitter headquarters on Wednesday with a big smile and a porcelain sink, then tweeted “let this sink in.” He changed his Twitter profile description to “Chief Twit”.

European regulators also reiterated past warnings that, under Musk’s leadership, Twitter must still abide by the region’s Digital Services Act, which imposes stiff fines on companies if they fail to police illegal content.

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“In Europe, the bird will fly according to our European rules,” European industry chief Thierry Breton tweeted on Friday morning.

European Parliament lawmaker and civil rights advocate Patrick Breyer suggested people look for alternatives where privacy is a priority.

“Twitter already knows our personalities dangerously well due to its ubiquitous monitoring of our every click. Now that knowledge will fall into Musk’s hands.

Musk said he sees Twitter as a base for creating a “super app” that offers everything from money transfers to shopping and carpooling.

But Twitter is struggling to engage its most active users who are vital to the business. These “big tweeters” represent less than 10% of global monthly users, but generate 90% of all tweets and half of global revenue.

Musk will face a challenge to generate revenue “given that the controversial views he seems to want to give more freedom to are often distasteful to advertisers,” said Susannah Streeter, an analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

As news of the deal spread, some Twitter users were quick to signal their willingness to walk away.

“I’ll be happy to be gone in a heartbeat if Musk, well, acts like we all expect him to,” said one account user @mustlovedogsxo.

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