An MSNBC host is warning that there could be massive “consequences” to letting people tweet freely.
On Thursday, host Katy Tur discussed Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s offer to buy Twitter.
“There are real and devastating consequences for using [Twitter] to lie,” Tur said.
She continued, “[Elon Musk] wants to buy it, but there are massive, life and globe-altering consequences for just letting people run wild on the thing.”
Journalist Kara Swisher, of The New York Times, agreed but suggested, “This is a very small company. It has an outsized influence because media people like it, politicians, world leaders, and Elon Musk.”
“So one of the issues is if he’s not going to do this…what is he going to do? He’s going to have to somehow unload this 10%. And that’s probably what he’s going to have to do,” she added.
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MSNBC's @KatyTurNBC: "There are real and devastating consequences for using [Twitter] to lie … @elonmusk wants to buy it, but there are — massive, life and globe-altering consequences for just letting people run wild on the thing.” pic.twitter.com/VVjsIvuHsa
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Tur noted that Musk said on Thursday he has a “plan B” if his bid to buy Twitter is unsuccessful.
“That’s what a supervillain/hero would say, right? He thinks he’s Tony Stark, right? That’s what they’d say. However you feel about him, that’s what Tony Stark would say,” she added.
On Thursday morning, Musk revealed that he made an offer to buy Twitter.
In a letter to the chairman of the board of Twitter, he wrote, “I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy.”
“However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company,” he went on.
The Tesla CEO shared:
“As a result, I am offering to buy 100% of Twitter for $54.20 per share in cash, a 54% premium over the day before I began investing in Twitter and a 38% premium over the day before my investment was publicly announced. My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder.”
Musk added, “Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it.”
However, he said during the TED22 conference that he has a “plan B” if he can’t buy the platform.
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