Musk Shares a Nazi Meme Then Tells Twitter to Vote Republican

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The new Twitter boss was having another totally normal one on Monday morning.

Life is coming towards you fast. Six months ago, Elon Musk wrote: “For Twitter to gain public trust, it must be politically neutral, which in practice means that the far right and far left must be equally upset.”

On Monday morning, weeks after buying the platform for $ 44 billion, he shared a meme with a Nazi soldier and told his 115 million followers to vote Republican in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

“To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic,” he wrote.

Musk has faced criticism for firing roughly 50 percent of the company’s employees last week, including those responsible for monitoring disinformation days ahead of Election Day. The purge was likened by some critics to a Category 5 hurricane.

“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side,” Musk added on Monday, “so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!”

The CEO’s tweet about the red vote received more than 43,000 retweets and nearly 180,000 likes within hours of posting. The Nazi meme of him, which used a photo of a German Wehrmacht soldier with a cage of carrier pigeons during the Nazi invasion of France, got about 14,000 retweets in the three hours following publication.

Musk, who overtook Jeff Bezos in wealth at the end of 2021 with a reported net worth of $ 219 billion, got off to a rough start on his latest tech foray, blaming a recent “huge drop in revenue” on “activist groups that do pressure on advertisers “. “rather than his own antics.

In an election event in Chicago on Friday, President Joe Biden deleted the site after Musk shared – and then deleted – an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory about the attack on Paul Pelosi, calling Twitter “an organization that spreads lies across the country. world”.

In an effort to reverse his fortunes and make a profit on the historically unprofitable social media platform, Musk proposed a pay-to-play verification system and put an end to permabans, including one on Donald Trump.

But the new plan didn’t stop the skinny billionaire from suspending comedian Kathy Griffin on Monday after changing her name on her profile to Musk’s and encouraging people to vote for Democrat.

“In the future, any Twitter that takes over imitation without clearly specifying the ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” she tweeted.

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