US President Joe Biden criticized billionaire Elon Musk on Friday, claiming that the businessman bought Twitter to “spread lies to the whole world”.
“Elon Musk goes out and buys an outfit that spreads lies all over the world,” Biden said at a Democratic fundraiser in Rosemont, Illinois. “There are no more publishers in America,” she added.
The president’s comments come amid the firing of thousands of Twitter employees after the social network was purchased by Musk. Additionally, the acquisition was followed by reports of an increase in racist comments and hate speech on the platform, prompting several major advertisers to pause advertising on Twitter in recent days.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Friday that Biden was “expressed on the importance of social media platforms continuing to take steps to reduce hate speech and misinformation.”
“This belief extends to Twitter, Facebook and any other social media platform where users can spread misinformation,” Jean-Pierre said.
Before the acquisition, Musk wrote an open letter in which he points out that he doesn’t want the social network to become a “free hellscape for everyone”.
On Friday morning, he claimed that Twitter had seen a “massive drop in revenue”, which he attributed to “activist groups putting pressure on advertisers”. The businessman later addressed the layoffs by saying that “sadly there is no choice when the company is losing more than $4 million a day”.
*Posted by Daniel Reis
Source: CNN Brasil
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