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President Donald Trump says he’s “very happy” that Twitter is in “sane hands” following Elon Musk’s purchase of the social media giant.
However, Trump declined to say that he will rejoin the left-wing platform.
“I don’t think Twitter can be successful without me,” Trump said. When asked if he’ll ever use it again, Trump declined to comment.
“I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country,” Trump said.
“Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It will be much smaller, but better,” Trump said.
“I like Elon and I wish him a lot of luck,” Trump said. “I hope he does well with it.”
Months ago, Trump said that he plans to stay on his own social platform called “Truth Social.”
“I am staying on Truth. I like it better, I like the way it works, I like Elon, but I’m staying on Truth,” Trump said.
After purchasing Twitter for $44 billion, Elon Musk wrote, “The bird is freed.”
the bird is freed
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
Musk has reportedly began the process of cleaning house.
He has fired top executives, including Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s CEO; Ned Segal, its chief financial officer; Vijaya Gadde, head legal and policy executive; and Sean Edgett, general counsel.
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At least one of those fired was escorted out of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.
Musk has made it clear he wants the social media platform to be a forum for open discussion — something it has drifted away from in recent years as it silenced conservative voices.
Many Twitter users on the right reacted happily to the deal’s closing.
The Musk era will kick off Friday with a companywide town hall, according to The Washington Post.
The company also has some internal changes to make, including dissolving the current board of directors.
As noted by the Times, Musk will be owning Twitter as a privately held company, which means the dialogue between the company and the outside world could be radically changed with it not having to report to shareholders.
For Twitter, the purchase came as the company was going to fall far short of its revenue targets for the year, the Post reported.
The company had been planning major cuts to staff — including third-party contractors who serve as content moderators — to reduce labor costs by $700 million.