President Joe Biden Is Open To Viewing Twitter’s New Boss As A National Security Risk
It’s worth investigating whether Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter poses a threat to U.S. national security, President Joe Biden said at a news conference on Wednesday.
While Biden discussed the results of the midterm elections, Bloomberg’s Jenny Leonard asked him if he thought Musk was a… “Threat to US National Security” and if the federal government should? “Investigations into his joint takeover of Twitter with foreign governments, including the Saudis.”
“I think… Elon Musk’s… collaboration and whether… technical relations with other countries, uh, worth looking at,” Biden replied. “Whether he does something inappropriate or not, I’m not suggesting that. I’m suggesting it’s worth a look, and er, um, and that’s all I’ll say.’
Wanted “how?” Biden laughed and said: “There are many ways.”
The Tesla and SpaceX executive acquired the social media platform for a reported $44 billion, officially took it over on Oct. 27 and laid off thousands of employees. Bloomberg has reported that Musk’s acquisition of Twitter was funded in part by government funds from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which have acquired stakes in the new privately held company.
In a short space of time, activists pressured countless advertisers to boycott Twitter, while dozens of prominent Democrats and journalists announced they would be leaving Twitter for other platforms. Ahead of the midterm elections, Musk approved a Republican takeover of Congress, arguing that: “Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both sides.”
Ahead of Biden’s comments on Wednesday, Musk said Twitter would do it “lots of stupid things” over the next few months to see what works and what doesn’t. He too requested feedback on the “complaint line”, received more than 75,000 responses and held a for hours question-and-answer session on “advertising and the future”, which attracted more than a million listeners.
What Musk hasn’t done yet is roll back one of the previous boards “permanent suspensions” from Twitter, including that of President Donald Trump while he was still in office.
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