Twitter was purchased by Elon Musk for $44 bιllιon, and what happened next is nothing short of a Ԁraмa series. He went on the firing line and let go almost half the staff. Once Musk took control of the business, a number of celebrities began to leave the site.
Elton John, a legendary singer, has joined the list of celebrities who have stopped using Twitter. After some policy modifications, John declared on December 9 that he will stop using the microblogging platform. The richest man in the world replied to John. Let’s hear what he had to say.
Elton John Quits Twitter
Immediately after Musk assumed control of Twitter, a number of famous people cut links due to policy changes and the new CEO’s work ethic. Elton John is now a part of that group.
John announced his departure from the stage on December 9. “I’ve worked to utilize music to unite people throughout my life. Yet it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world,” he tweeted.
Elon Musk Responds To John
Musk responded to John’s news on Twitter. “Your music is fantastic. I hope you return. Do you have any concerns about any particular false information? He composed.
Recently, the business decided not to enforce a policy intended to combat false information about the Covid-19 outbreak. The corporation has drawn criticism for lifting the bans on a number of troublemakers, including Donald Trump, Andrew Tate, and Kanye West.
A number of well-known people have also stopped using Twitter, including Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Shonda Rhimes, Jamela Jamil, Trent Reznor, Gigi Hadid, and Stephen Fry. Additionally, advertisers have begun to remove themselves from the business, which has led to losses totaling millions.
BιԀen Brags About His ‘Accomplishment’ on Twitter – Then A Note From Musk Appears
Another embarrassing “fact check” was performed on President Joe BιԀen’s official Twitter account after “context” was added to a tweet regarding a claim about declining unemployment during his two years in office.
The White House boasted that fewer people have filed unemployment claims since President Joe BιԀen took office, noting that during his administration, the number fell from 18.8 million to 1.4 million.
“The ‘Community Note’ that was inserted made that crucial distinction, and the tweet made no mention of unemployment resulting from coronavirus.”
“Context: C.O.V.I.D rapidly drove significantly higher than normal claims beginning in 3/20, peaking at 33M in 7/20, and then gradually declining to today,” the fact checker wrote. For comparison, the average from 2017 and 2019 was 1.8M.
As the Western Journal noted, two federal financial assistance programs established to aid Americans who lost their jobs through the pandemic have expired as of December 31, 2020, which analysts said also encouraged people to return to the workforce.
In response to requests from business owners who were having trouble filling open positions, several states—the majority under Republican governors—ended those programs early.
BιԀen’s official Twitter account has been the target of a fact-check twice since October.
The account then wrote: “Let me lay out the facts. 55 businesses made $40 bιllιon in 2020. And they made no federal tax payments. This is stopped by the Inflation Reduction Act I passed.
In order to support the correction, the platform added context and links, saying: “The Inflation Reduction Act imposed a minimum tax on corporations with average pre-tax earnings greater than $1 bιllιon. Only 14 of the 55 corporations mentioned in the tweet had earnings of more than $1 bιllιon and qualified for BιԀen’s tax law.
The most recent fact check comes as Elon Musk, the new head of Twitter, keeps making significant changes to the service. On Monday, Baker, the FBI’s former top lawyer who was also connected to the false “Russiagate” narrative that dogged then-GOP presidential nominee and later President Do𝚗alԀ Trᴜмр throughout his presidency, was fired.
After it emerged that Baker, in his capacity as the platform’s deputy counsel, had played a significant role in stifling the Hunter BιԀen laptop story in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, Musk fired Baker.
“In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,” Musk tweeted on Monday.
In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 6, 2022
Fox Business Network noted: “Baker was involved in discussions about whether the laptop falls under Twitter’s ‘hacked materials’ policy.
“I support the conclusion that we need more fact s to assess whether the materials were hacked,” Baker noted in one email chain. “At this stage, however, it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.”
28. To which former Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker again seems to advise staying the non-course, because “caution is warranted”: pic.twitter.com/tg4D0gLWI6
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022
Baker was “at the center of the Twitter suppression issue,” according to a piece by Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley that Musk linked in a tweet. Baker has frequently been mentioned in Justice Department investigations into Russia, including the fake involving the Russian Alfa Bank, the author continued.
In response to the termination, a number of prominent conservative politicians and media spoke out.
“James Baker, implicated in the Russia Collusion fabrication that so destroyed the country, now gone from Twitter,” tweeted Mollie Hemingway, editor-in-chief of The Federalist.
Baker ought to be brought before Congress, according to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo).
Republicans should contact Baker, a former FBI attorney, to testify about potential FBI efforts to pressure @Twitter into interfering with elections, he tweeted.
Cleaning house, wrote commentator Ian Miles Cheong on Twitter. There shouldn’t be any room for people who want to undercut Twitter’s role in promoting alternative narratives over mainstream ones.
Following a release of “Twitter Files” to reporters Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss, Baker was fired. Last week, Taibbi wrote about the platform’s cooperation with both political parties, but primarily with Democrats, to stifle content deemed detrimental to particular narratives in a lengthy Twitter exchange.
The quest for information appeared to have been hampered by Baker, he continued, adding that now that he is gone, more information will be forthcoming.
It was @bariweiss who learned that the person in charge of distributing the files was someone named Jim over the weekend while we both grappled with barriers to new searches. When she called to inquire about “Jim’s” last name, “Jim Baker” was the response she received. Weiss adds, ‘My jaw struck the floor.’” he continued.
Baker is a contentious individual. Since the Steele Dossier and the Alfa-Server debacle began in 2016, he has acted as something of a Zelig in the FBI controversies. After an investigation into leaks to the press, he resigned in 2018,” the journalist continued.
“Reporters resumed their searches through the extensive Twitter Files content today. There will be a new episode of “The Twitter Files.” Keep an eye out,” he added.