... close your Twitter account & boycott its advertisers
Musk conducts bogus survey, but asks the wrong question.
It was a foredrawn conclusion that those who responded to the survey, would suggest that Musk step down as CEO, but the question that should be asked is, whether Twitter should cease to exist?
GM among the first to halt paid Twitter ads, Apple to ban Musk from App Store, as list of those leaving Twitter continues to grow precipitously
right-wing commentators are telling a sob story, that is, decrying what the loss of Twitter would mean to the archives of social media history, while parents who found their daughters and sons dead in their basements, because they were mercilessly bullied on Twitter, will not miss its passing, one iota
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Elon Musk sought the Twitter platform to advance a sordid illiberal agenda, and within hours of his takeover of Twitter, Musk announced his intention to allow the maga crowd and their disgraced leader free run of the platform, all in the name of what Musk calls unfettered free speech, which translates into a forum for unconscionable hate speech
Romney, CNN and Fox, refer to a statement by Trump that the Constitution should be suspended, a milder version of the truth, when, in fact, Trump called for the, and I quote, ' ... termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution '
... blood-curling, cruel and debasing
GM has demonstrated one highly effective way that those who actually believe in the tenets of the American Republic can help to relegate Musk's Twitter folly to the ash pile, and that is to vote with your right to make choices and close your Twitter account, and boycott, that is, cease buying the products or services of any company that advertises on the Twitter platform, any and all of them.
As Apple considers banning the Twitter platform from its App Stores, the question to be asked is why the other app store platforms, have not?
In addition, some WiFi connections will not accept SSL from Twitter, while others are blocking Twitter, altogether.
In essence, leave the Twitter platform to the illiberal hate speech purveyors to talk to each other, and among themselves.
If, anyone had any doubt about just what Twitter would be like under the ownership of Musk, just look at the reports concerning the tweets Musk has posted on the attack on the speaker of the house's husband. The tweets by Donald Jr, on the same subject, are simply blood-curling, cruel and debasing, but these are just small examples of what Musk's Twitter portends.
Researchers at Montclair University, Department of Education, School of Communication and Media, documented a measurable increase in hate speech on the Twitter platform in the first few hours after Musk's acquisition (28 October 2022).
There are those who will remain on the platform, and advance an argument that suggests that if all right-thinking people abandon the platform, who will be there to monitor what is being said and what is being organized on that platform.
This is, of course, a false flag argument, because you can only vote with your conscience, if you have developed one.
The argument is equivalent to those who state that they disapprove of Trump's constant lies and his often cruel and irrational behavior, but they agree with his policies, while they never enumerate exactly what policies they are talking about, specifically.
There are immediate consequences to Musk's actions in relation to the violence his brand engenders. Fearing a what goes around comes around scenario, insurers contemplate quadrupling the cost of insuring Tesla cars.
... one charade, deserves another?
Given, all that is observable about the current circumstances surrounding Musk's takeover of the Twitter platform, it begs the question, why Representative Bill Pascrell (D,. NJ) a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, should use Twitter to draw attention to the 1,308 days that that committee has been waiting for Trump's tax returns, and his request that the Supreme Court should 'end [the] charade and not prolong it with more nonsense'.
Remembering that in current political parlance the medium is often the message, and unless Rep Pascrell wanted to show his steadfast allegiance to the Twitter platform, it makes no sense whatsoever to pander to the illiberal hate speech crowd that is working diligently to remove him from office.
Is this an example of an abused child running to their abuser, seeking acceptance?
An alternative explanation suggests that Pascrell is letting the maga crowd know that he is ethnically aligned with them, and being a Democrat, comes a distant second?
Musk contemplates fee of five to 20 dollars for the right to use hate speech on Twitter
It is crystal clear that Twitter's balance sheet is under water, a lot of water.
And few corporate financial analysts have come up with any credible revenue paths, even highly speculative ones, as to how Musk and Twitter are going to rise above water, while the platform has to climb out of the ethical sewer in which it is now lodged, simultaneously.
Recent reporting suggests that Musk has one of three rather obvious choices on the revenue side of Twitter.
Musk can either bite the financial bullet and accept that he just invested, along with several prominent banks, 44 billion dollars to show his absolute fidelity to ethnic nationalism.
However, the second source, that is, advertising revenue, is rather problematic, as it is generally accepted that as Twitter's unfettered free speech guise for hate speech grows, advertising revenue will continue its spiral down into the abyss.
Or, on the other hand, Musk can attempt to transform Twitter into a fee-based service at a time when his ilk is trying to make the family budget the top issue in America. And hope that the mere suggestion does not drive away another and bigger swath of non-ethnic-nationalist-leaning existing users, while and simultaneously, relying on the the maga crowd to cough up even more money to prop up yet another billionaire, and blindly give money to another 'we build the wall' like scheme.
None of the other fee-based internet-based product and service companies believe that Musk has hit on a viable revenue strategy that will work, on earth.
The fee-based revenue path, Musk's next gamble, would be instituted under the banner of 'verifiable' accounts, ostensibly.
It is still not clear, just how many fake accounts Musk inherited, when he acquired Twitter.
Estimates, from friend and foe alike, have always maintained that the number of fake Twitter accounts was not only statistically significant, say 5%, but well beyond that into the realm of many, as reflected in the numbers of, at least, 20%, while others suggest as many as one-third of all Twitter accounts are fake.
Perhaps, now that Twitter is in the hands of a kindred spirit, the Internet Research Agency and Putin's military intelligence GRU, will stop using Twitter as an espionage portal, but why should they, after all Musk bought Twitter knowing what it was.
Perhaps, Fox News (Disney), Newsmax, the Koch Brothers and Murdoch will increase their advertising share to the same tune as the lost revenue from those that actually sell something other than influence, and right-wing pandering nonsense.
Fox News should be particularly
Don't you just love that maga crowd and the blowback from your own war on Twitter to acquire it, Elon?
But alas, the right-wing media will continue to sing the ballad of Elon Musk.
For example, 'Morning Joe' Scarborough called Musk 'a genius', 2 November 2022, and if time had permitted, Scarborough would have call Musk a genius, perhaps as many times as he called McConnell, Moscow Mitch, in a single morning's program, 11+ times.
Remember, before he and the daughter of a former national security adviser, whose father thought the problem with America was it was too democratic, were shunned by the liar-in-chief, Scarborough and the daughter, fully intended to be a part of the espionage-a-lago crowd, a rather bloody blunder, if ever there was one, right Joe?