There were mixed reactions to Friday’s announcement of Elon Musk’s withdrawal from the Twitter purchase deal. As is often the case, the billionaire’s shares divide, particularly the American political world.

“The Twitter agreement is dead, long live the truth,” wrote Donald Trump on the social network of the same name, the digital voice of the former Republican president since his expulsion from Twitter in January 2021. Elon Musk also hinted at the revocation in May of this prohibition, generally considering a much less rigid moderation on the authoritative social network, which had made his desire for redemption attractive on the part of the American right.

“A welcome respite”

Conversely, the prospect of a Twitter takeover by this libertarian-leaning entrepreneur had alarmed some on the left, where today we rejoice over a failed project while remaining cautious about the future. It is “a welcome respite for women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ + community,” reacted the feminist organization UltraViolet, which feared that a Twitter under the control of the Tesla and SpaceX boss “would unleash a wave of hatred.

This saga shows that “our information ecosystem, its security and its democracy, must not remain within the reach of the whims of billionaires who are accountable to no one,” said Nicole Gill, executive director of Accountable Tech. This association, which campaigns to hold large digital companies accountable, launched an initiative with others in early June to block the deal. Together, “they had shown that Elon Musk, by buying Twitter, just wanted to defend his right-wing ideology,” added UltraViolet.

And it is a certain disappointment that now seems to affect the Trump camp. “I’m pretty sure the censor that [Twitter] practiced, whatever it is, will be multiplied by ten, ”wrote Donald Trump Jr., the son, to the Truth network launched by his father. “There is no possibility of having freedom of thought or expression there now,” he added.

“The party is really over. The purge is coming “

“It was the last chance to save something good from the nightmare” of GAFA, conservative political observer Dave Rubin wrote on Twitter. “The party is really over. The purge is coming ”. Another Twitter critic says the billionaire’s removal “comes as no surprise,” but “the moss must be credited with exposing yet another incurable and rotten culture of political discrimination” within the company, he wrote. Jason Miller, former adviser to Donald Trump and founder of another company. ultra-conservative social network, Gettr.

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