Andrew Tate says Elon Musk can do what he wants with Twitter
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The controversial $44billion buy up of Twitter by Elon Musk has not affect support for the social media platform in the UK with 51 percent saying in a poll that the world would not be a better place if it closed down. Speculation on the future of Twitter has been rife since the take over with Mr Musk either sacking or allowing to go around 50 percent of its worldwide staff.
With 1,200 staff quitting voluntarily last week there had been claims by departing Twitter employees that the social media platform could not function without them but despite that it has continued to operate.
Added to that, despite threats from thousands of mainly leftwing activists or accounts to boycott or quit the California based social media giant, Mr Musk today revealed that it is doing better than ever.
On his personal Twitter account he revealed that new users were up. hate speech was down, he was introducing advertising as entertainment and longform Tweets.
Mr Musk took over Twitter after protracted talks to restore it as a free speech platform.
One of his early moves was to restore former President Donald Trump’s account after the platform had previously banned him at the end of the US election.
The poll of 1,624 UK voters showed that 51 percent think the world is a better place with Twitter.
Support for Twitter was highest among 18-to-34-year-olds with 53 percent but even among pensioners (65 and over) 35 percent, a third thought the world was a better place with the social media platform despite its past reputation for trolling, hate speech and attacks.
Among political parties supporters of the Greens were most liklely to like Twitter with 56 percent although Conservatives 41 percent and Labour 40 percent both on average backed Twitter more.
Overall three in 10 (30 percent) thought that the world would be a better place without Twitter while 19 percent did not know.
Twitter is still the market leader despite emerging rivals including GETTR founded by Jason Miller and Truth Social which is currently used by President Trump.
There were questions about why priori to Mr Musk’s takeover Twitter and Facebook had banned Mr Trump but not the leaders of some of the world’s most oppressive nations like President Xi of China.
In what appeared to be a direct message to leftwing critics of his takeover, Mr Musk today urged them to engage in “civil debate”.
He said: “Just a note to encourage people of different political or other views to engage in civil debate on Twitter. Worst case, the other side has a slightly better understanding of your views.”
He also said he was paying his own new $8 charge for a blue tick verification.
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