Elon Musk blasts San Francisco’s “far left” views on Twitter

Despite all of Elon Musk’s promises to advertisers that San Francisco tech company Twitter would be “politically neutral” under his ownership, Musk has been explicitly invading conservative territory in recent days.

Now he has focused his criticism on an ordinary right-wing punching bag: San Francisco. In a tweet Wednesday afternoonafter Thiel Capital CEO Eric Weinstein accused pre-Musk Twitter of “shadow-banning” and manipulating “the world’s online conversations,” Musk complained about pre-acquisition Twitter’s alleged political views.

“It’s been really bad,” he said. “Far-left views on San Francisco/Berkeley have spread to the world via Twitter.”

“I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone watching closely,” he said. “Twitter is moving fast to level the playing field. No more thumbs on the scale!”

It’s worth reiterating that while San Francisco — and California — is more liberal than much of the country, many of San Francisco’s major political players aren’t “far left” — including Mayor London Breed and Officer of Justice Brooke Jenkins who viewed the ruling liberal times.

As for the “thumbs on the scale” Musk said before his arrival, the conservative commentators banned on Twitter were removed for spreading misinformation about the 2020 election and the COVID-19 vaccine or conflict with marginalized communities on the platform. from Twitter security policy. Meanwhile, right-wing figures like Ben Shapiro and conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza have not been banned or removed from the platform, both have millions of followers on Twitter.

Twitter has welcomed suspended users back in droves. Among these figures are Donald Trump, who refused to return to Twitter; Ye (formerly known as Kanye West); Jordan Peterson, a commentator who has repeatedly targeted the transgender community; and, of course, Georgia Rep.’s personal Twitter. Marjorie Taylor Greene, where she spouted misinformation about vaccines. (The suspension of comedian Kathy Griffin, who was banned for posing as Musk with her blue tick, was also lifted, in what appeared to be an effort to make the de-suspensions impartial.)

Meanwhile, Musk has been promoting the likes of D’Souza on his personal account, weeks after tweeting a Republican Party endorsement before Election Day and redistributing a conspiracy about Paul Pelosi in the wake of the attack on Pelosi in San Francisco.

Advertisers fled the platform in the month following Musk’s takeover. Dozens of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers have slashed their ad spend entirely in recent weeks due to concerns about impersonation, misinformation and inflammatory content sharing space with their ads, according to analysis by the Washington Post and think tank Media Matters.

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