Elon Musk said Twitter has a ‘strong left wing bias’ in response to a tweet from a reporter who called for violence against pro-lifers.
Musk’s comments on Monday were in reply to a tweet from Mike Cernovich, who is a conspiracy theorist known for his propagation of the baseless Pizzagate theory that high ranking democrats were running a pedophilic sex-trafficking ring out of a D.C. pizza shop.
Cernovich tagged Musk in a tweet accusing the platform of allowing verified accounts to incite violence in the name of liberal causes on Sunday evening.
‘Here you go @elonmusk, when Twitter employees invariably lie to you about enforcement policy, maybe they can explain why a verified account is allowed to incite terrorism without any care in the world about being banned.’
Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote in a tweet that Twitter ‘Obvs has a strong left wing bias,’ on Monday
Musks’s comments were in response to far right conspiracy theorist Michael Cernovich (above), who called out the platform for allowing liberals to ‘incite terrorism’ on the platform
Cernovich is a far-right conspiracy theorist known for propagating the Pizzagate theory
Minutes after saying that Twitter leans strongly left, Musk followed up with a tweet saying he believed the platform should conform to the speech laws of the country it is being used in
In the post Cernovich retweeted Rewire News Group reporter Caroline Reilly, who encouraged violence against anti-abortionists in a tweet following news of a burning and attempted bombing at a pro-life group’s office.
‘More of this. May these people never know a moment of peace or safety until they rot in the ground,’ Reilly tweeted with a link to a New York Times story about the attack.
On Monday morning, Musk replied to Cernovich.
‘Twitter obv has a strong left wing bias,’ he tweeted.
Musk followed up minutes later, clarifying that he believed that speech on Twitter should be governed by the laws of the country in which it is being used.
Cernovich tagged Musk in a tweet calling out Twitter for not flagging journalist Caroline Reilly’s (above) verified account after she wrote a tweet about the deaths of anti-abortionists
‘Like I said, my preference is to hew close to the laws of countries in which Twitter operates. If the citizens want something banned, then pass a law to do so, otherwise it should be allowed.’
Musk successfully purchased Twitter in April, claiming a mission of making the platform a refuge of free speech in America. His takeover is expected to be completed later this year.
The Tesla and SpaceX boss has said he wants to ‘authenticate all humans,’ enhance the platform with new features and make the algorithms open source to increase trust.
In the weeks since his purchase of Twitter, Musk has been drawing political lines, embroiling himself in international conflict, and walking the red carpet in coattails.
Reilly’s tweet was in support of the burning and attempted bombing of a Wisconsin anti-abortion group’s office, which was set on fire on Sunday
‘If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either,’ the arsonists spray-painted on the wall of the building after setting fire to an office
On Friday Tesla joined ranks with major companies offering travel compensation for employees seeking to get an abortion but live in states where they are banned, days after Supreme Court documents were leaked indicating that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, striking down the nationwide right to an abortion and leaving the decision up to individual states.
And on Sunday Musk revealed that he was threatened by the head of Russia’s space agency over his attempts to provide Ukraine with internet service.
Musk has been using Starlink – an array of more than 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit – to beam internet connections to dishes around the world.
The service has a large presence in Ukraine, which was introduced with the explicit intention of keeping the country online amid the ongoing Russian invasion.
The billionaire said SpaceX had ‘resisted hacking and jamming attempts’ from the Russians back in April and were focusing efforts on counter measures – at the expense of other projects.
Musk tweeted out a statement that Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, sent Russian media.
Many of Musk’s fans responded to a tweet suggesting he might die under mysterious circumstances following threats from Russian officials, including his own mother, Maye Musk
In the statement, Rogozin – who just yesterday boasted that Russia could destroy all NATO countries ‘in half a hour’ – accused Musk of giving Starlink equipment to what they refer to as the ‘Nazi Azov Battalion’ as well as branches of the Ukrainian military.
‘From the testimony of the captured chief of staff of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Dmitry Kormyankov, it follows that the ground-based subscriber equipment of the Starlink satellite company Elon Musk was delivered to the militants of the Nazi Azov Battalion and the Marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to Mariupol by military helicopters,’ Rogozin wrote.
‘Elon Musk is thus involved with supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communications,’ Rogozin adds. ‘And for this you will have to answer in an adult way, Elon, no matter how much you’ll play the fool.’
‘If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin’ ya,’ Musk tweeted.
‘That’s not funny,’ Musk’s mother responded.