A Washington Post op-ed advocating control of media platforms by wealthy individuals is mocked

A Washington Post op-ed advocating control of media platforms by wealthy individuals is mocked

Updated on April 10, 2022 17:48 PM by Dhinesh

Slammed the Washington Post

Elon Musk slammed the Washington Post on Friday after the paper's op-ed called for federal legislation to prevent the wealthy from "controlling" social media, following the Tesla CEO's $3 billion Twitter share purchase earlier this week. The article, titled 'Elon Musk's idea of 'free speech will be harmful to Twitter,' slammed the acquisition as 'very disturbing — a smack in the face, even' – but made no mention of the outlet's own billionaire owner, Musk competitor Jeff Bezos.

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'Lmaooo,' Musk, 50, tweeted in response to the op-ed extract on Friday. Musk, the world's richest man, stirred feathers this week when he said he had purchased a 9.2 percent interest in the social media behemoth, making him the platform's largest stakeholder, and would be joining the company's board of directors. Muse, a fervent Libertarian who has long accused the site of limiting users' free expression, made a bold commercial move, prompting some to express concern about the South African mogul's expanding influence, including Post columnist Ellen Pao, who published the blistering Post.

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'Musk's appointment to Twitter's board demonstrates that we need social-media platform regulation to prevent affluent individuals from controlling our avenues of speech,' commented Pao, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and former Reddit CEO, on Friday.'Musk has been explicit about his wish that Twitter does less to censor speech that many perceive as hateful, abusive, or dangerous,' Pao, who boasts a reported net worth of $150million,  continued.

Shenanigans on social media

Pao, who unsuccessfully sued former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a file in which she claimed she was wrongfully terminated from the firm in 2012 because she was a woman, went on to criticize Musk, 50, known for his shenanigans on social media, for a history of insensitive posts. 'In his tweets, Musk, who has nearly 81 million followers, frequently punches down, demonstrating very little empathy,' Pao, 52, wrote.

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The millionaire tech investor cited recent instances of Musk commenting casually on social media, such as a 2018 tweet in which the Tesla CEO later referred to a British cave explorer who assisted in the rescue of 12 Thai children in a widely publicized cave rescue as a "pedo man."Vernon Unsworth, the caver Musk was referring to in the tweet, later sued the billionaire for defamation, a suit the explorer lost. Musk has a reported net worth of $282 billion, over $100 billion more than second-richest man Bezos.

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