After Elon Musk bought Twitter and said he would make it allow for more free speech and fewer bans, the President of the US says it might be worth looking into the tech mogul.
CFIUS stands for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States — it reviews national security threats emanating from business deals. It hasn’t investigated Hunter Biden. But Biden and his National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, say Musk’s foreign interactions might be worth a review.
Stephen Miller at the Washington Examiner:
The tipping point came during the 2020 presidential election, when Twitter froze the sharing or linking of an explosive New York Post story involving Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and a laptop . Reporter Jake Sherman had his Twitter account suspended briefly for attempting to share it. The problem was that the story was accurate. Twitter put its powerful thumb on the scale of a presidential election.
It’s notable that much of the corporate media are now so bereft at Elon Musk’s completed purchase. Reuters has even set up a live cam outside the company headquarters building in San Francisco. Are they waiting for jumpers? Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz bluntly stated, “It’s like the gates of hell opened on this site tonight,” (which made Musk’s move sound pretty cool, to be honest). NBC News’sreporterBen Collins declared that “all the red lights are flashing here.”
Still, the absolute best thing that can happen to Twitter is that it becomes less important. Newsrooms are often glued to the platform because of how it acts as a live heartbeat of news. However, in recent years, they’ve also used it to elevate and cancel even the most randomized and powerless of users to teach them a moral lesson. Yet much of the country is not active on Twitter, even if a small number of hall monitors in the media are.
That matters because social media should not serve as a gatekeeping tool for only the influential and powerful in culture and media. If Musk simply brings back a balance of ideas and a sense of fairness in who leaves and stays on the platform, along with a bit of humor, great.