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Elon Musk mocks Washington Post after op-ed calls to prevent ‘wealthy individuals’ from controlling media

Elon Musk mocked the Washington Post Friday after an op-ed from the paper referred to as for federal laws to prevent the wealthy from ‘controlling’ social media, following the Tesla CEO’s $3billion Twitter share buy-in earlier this week.

The piece, titled ‘Elon Musk’s imaginative and prescient of ‘free speech’ might be dangerous for Twitter,’ criticized the acquisition as ‘extremely disconcerting — a slap within the face, even’ – however conspicuously noticed no point out of the outlet’s personal billionaire proprietor, Musk rival Jeff Bezos.

‘Lmaooo,’ Musk, 50, tweeted Friday, in a response to the op-ed excerpt. 

Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, ruffled feathers this week when it was introduced he bought a 9.2 p.c stake within the social media large – making him the platform’s largest shareholder – and was becoming a member of the company’s board of administrators.

The brazen business transfer from Musk, a staunch Libertarian who has lengthy accused the positioning of censoring customers’ free speech, noticed some specific issues over the South African mogul’s rising affect – together with Post contributor Ellen Pao, who penned the scathing piece.

‘Musk’s appointment to Twitter’s board exhibits that we want regulation of social-media platforms to prevent wealthy individuals from controlling our channels of communication,’ Pao, a Silicon Valley enterprise capitalist who as soon as served because the CEO of Reddit, wrote Friday. 

‘Musk has been open about his choice that Twitter do much less to prohibit speech that many see as hateful, abusive or harmful,’ Pao, who boasts a reported internet value of $150million, continued. 

‘Given his new affect, the way in which he himself has used the platform bodes unwell for its future.’ 

Elon Musk mocked the Washington Post Friday after an op-ed from the paper called for federal regulations to prevent the rich from 'controlling' social media, following the Tesla CEO's $3billion Twitter share buy-in earlier this week

Elon Musk mocked the Washington Post Friday after an op-ed from the paper referred to as for federal laws to prevent the wealthy from ‘controlling’ social media, following the Tesla CEO’s $3billion Twitter share buy-in earlier this week

The piece , titled 'Elon Musk's vision of 'free speech' will be bad for Twitter,' criticized the purchase as 'highly disconcerting — a slap in the face, even' - but conspicuously saw no mention of the outlet's own billionaire owner, Musk rival Jeff Bezos.

The piece , titled ‘Elon Musk’s imaginative and prescient of ‘free speech’ might be dangerous for Twitter,’ criticized the acquisition as ‘extremely disconcerting — a slap within the face, even’ – however conspicuously noticed no point out of the outlet’s personal billionaire proprietor, Musk rival Jeff Bezos.

Pao, who unsuccessfully sued former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a submitting that argued she was falsely terminated from the agency in 2012 as a result of she was a girl, went on to pan Musk, 50, identified for antics on social media, for a historical past of posts she deemed insensitive.

‘Musk, who has practically 81 million followers, typically punches down in his tweets, displaying little or no empathy,’ Pao, 52, wrote.

The millionaire tech investor pointed to current incidents of Musk posting flippantly on social media – together with a 2018 tweet the place the Tesla head joking referred to a British cave explorer who helped rescue 12 Thailand youngsters in a extremely publicized cave rescue as a ‘pedo man.’ 

Vernon Unsworth, the caver Musk was referring to within the tweet, subsequently sued the billionaire – who boasts a reported internet value of $282billion, practically $100billion greater than second-richest man Bezos – for defamation, a swimsuit the explorer lost.

‘He referred to as a British caver who helped to rescue trapped younger Thai divers “a pedo guy” (beating a defamation swimsuit over the slur however including to his fame as a bully),’ Pao wrote.

Musk, the world's wealthiest man, ruffled feathers this week when it was announced he purchased a 9.2 percent stake in the social media giant - making him the platform's largest shareholder - and was joining the company's board of directors

Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, ruffled feathers this week when it was introduced he bought a 9.2 p.c stake within the social media large – making him the platform’s largest shareholder – and was becoming a member of the company’s board of administrators

Pao panned Musk as a ‘troll’ for his web practices, and warned readers of the entrepreneur’s burgeoning affect.  

‘Like many trolls,’ Pao wrote, ‘Musk says his critics — each these on Twitter and people who sue him — ought to be extra “thick-skinned,”‘ referring to a phrase the Tesla tweeted in message to factory workers, following a suit from the state of California filed in February that alleges black staffers at the company’s facility in Fremont were subjected to racial harassment.   

The Post piece then pointed to another, since-delete post from Musk from February, that compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler, with a meme that criticized the politician’s crackdown on Freedom Convoy protests. 

The piece was penned by Ellen Pao, a former Silicon Valley CEO and venture capitalist - with a reported 150 million net worth - who unsuccessfully sued former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a filing that argued she was falsely terminated from the firm in 2012 because she was a woman

The piece was penned by Ellen Pao, a former Silicon Valley CEO and venture capitalist – with a reported 150 million net worth – who unsuccessfully sued former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a filing that argued she was falsely terminated from the firm in 2012 because she was a woman

The post saw no mention of the outlet's own billionaire owner, Musk rival Jeff Bezos, currently the world's second richest man, behind the Tesla mogul

The post saw no mention of the outlet’s own billionaire owner, Musk rival Jeff Bezos, currently the world’s second richest man, behind the Tesla mogul 

The Post piece criticized Musk for since-delete post from February (pictured) that compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler, and criticized the politician's crackdown on Freedom Convoy protests

The Post piece criticized Musk for since-delete post from February (pictured) that compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler, and criticized the politician’s crackdown on Freedom Convoy protests

‘In February, he tweeted, then deleted, a meme comparing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler,’ Pao wrote.

The op-ed contributor went on to the slam tech mogul for calling himself a ‘free-speech absolutist’ last month in a post that saw the Tesla CEO defend his decision to not stop Russian state media outlets from accessing Starlink internet satellites the exec sent to help Ukrainians access the internet amid the ongoing invasion.

In the post, Musk said he made the call because he’s not ‘sorry to be a free speech absolutist.’ 

The op-ed contributor went on to the slam tech mogul for calling himself a 'free-speech absolutist' last month in a post that saw the Tesla CEO defend his decision to not stop Russian state media outlets from accessing Starlink internet satellites the exec sent to help Ukrainians access the internet amid the ongoing invasion

The op-ed contributor went on to the slam tech mogul for calling himself a ‘free-speech absolutist’ last month in a post that saw the Tesla CEO defend his decision to not stop Russian state media outlets from accessing Starlink internet satellites the exec sent to help Ukrainians access the internet amid the ongoing invasion 

Pao wrote of Musk’s assertion: ‘Like many “free speech” advocates, he willfully ignores that personal corporations are free to set up some limits on their platforms.’

‘Twitter made strides to remove hate and harassment and to give users more control over how they share their opinions. It added features that let users limit who could reply to their tweets, created labels for misleading content and banned President Donald Trump’s account.

‘After all that, bringing Musk onto the board seems like a big step backward,’ Pao proclaimed. 

‘He can bend the company toward his preferences, removing reasonable policies on hateful speech and urging people who are harassed to have thicker skins.’

Pao then criticized Twitter’s decision to appoint Musk to the company’s board, and called for government regulation of social-media platforms to prevent rich people from controlling’ the media. 

‘For starters, we need consistent definitions of harassment and of content that violates personal privacy,’ Pao said of the prospective federal intervention plan.

‘Most companies, I suspect, would welcome such regulations… If platforms continue to push for growth at all costs — without such regulations — people will continue to be harmed. 

‘The people harmed will disproportionately be those who have been harmed for centuries — women and members of marginalized racial and ethnic groups. The people who benefit from unrestricted amplification of their views will also be the same people who have benefited from that privilege for centuries.’ 

Following the piece’s publishing Friday morning, many, including Musk, were quick to question the credibility of Pao’s remark, given the Post’s own ties to billionaire Bezos. 

‘Why is it funny? Because Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post,’ one user wrote.

‘Not sure why they would be worried by @elonmusk buying a bit of Twitter,’ another added. ‘It’s ironic because doesn’t Bezos own that paper. Murdoch owns a lot of the worlds papers and news. Rich people have always owned the narrative. It’s up to you to pick your truth to follow.’

‘Should be the Washington Woke,’ one other sniped. 

Following the piece's publishing Friday morning, many were quick to question the credibility of Pao's remark, given the Post's own ties to billionaire Bezos

Following the piece’s publishing Friday morning, many were quick to question the credibility of Pao’s remark, given the Post’s own ties to billionaire Bezos

Twitter entered into its board membership agreement with Musk on Monday, an SEC report revealed.

After submitting the regulatory filing Tuesday, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal announced Musk’s board membership on the social media, alleging the billionaire brings ‘great value’ to the company.

‘I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board! Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board,’ Agrawal wrote.

‘He’s both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is exactly what we need on @Twitter, and in the boardroom, to make us stronger in the long-term. Welcome Elon!’ 

Musk responded to the CEO, saying: ‘Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!’ 

Other board members seemed receptive to Musk – who has 80 million Twitter followers – joining their ranks, with several issuing welcome messages online, including platform founder Jack Dorsey.

Twitter board members, including founder Jack Dorsey, seemed excited about Musk's appointment

Twitter board members, including founder Jack Dorsey, seemed excited about Musk’s appointment

Several, including Omid Kordestani, the board's executive chairman and a current member, posted messages of welcome to the platform

Several, including Omid Kordestani, the board’s executive chairman and a current member, posted messages of welcome to the platform

Board chair and Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor said they were excited to work with Musk

Board chair and Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor said they were excited to work with Musk

‘I’m really happy Elon is joining the Twitter board! He cares deeply about our world and Twitter’s role in it,’ Dorsey tweeted. ‘Parag and Elon both lead with their hearts, and they will be an incredible team.’

Board chair and Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor echoed the sentiment, saying: ‘Welcome to the Twitter board, @elonmusk! We are all excited to work with you and build the future of Twitter together.’

Taylor’s post was retweeted by fellow board members Mimi Alemayehou, Senior Vice President for Public-Private Partnership at Mastercard; Martha Lane Fox, Founder and Chairperson of Lucky Voice Group; and Stanford University professor Dr. Fei-Fei Li. 

Omid Kordestani, the board’s executive chairman and a current member, wrote: ‘Welcome @elonmusk!’

The four remaining board members – Former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Invoia Capital general partner Patrick Pichette, 1stdibs.com Inc. CEO David Rosenblatt, and Egon Durban, Co-CEO of Silver Lake – did not publicly comment on Musk’s appointment to the board.

None of the members immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s requests for comment.  

Twitter stocks have surged since mid-March when Musk purchased his stake

Twitter stocks have surged since mid-March when Musk purchased his stake 

Stock prices rose by more than 3 percent on Tuesday after news of Musk's board appointment

Stock prices rose by more than 3 percent on Tuesday after news of Musk’s board appointment

Millions of investors flocked to Twitter’s stock after Musk disclosed his 9.2 percent stake in the company. 

The stock became the most bought U.S. stock by retail investors on Monday, surging 27 percent in value. 

Stock prices rose by more than three percent, to 50.98, on Tuesday after news of Musk’s board appointment. The stock was trading at around 39 on Friday.   

In the most recent Forbes record, Musk, elevated his internet value to $282billion, practically $100billion richer than Amazon founder Bezos, whose internet value is $183.6billion. 

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