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Liberal groups demand boycott of Twitter if Elon Musk buys it


Elon Musk is demanding to know who was behind a letter signed by greater than two dozen liberal groups that has urged advertisers to boycott Twitter if he completes his takeover of the social media giant.

Left-leaning NGOs — whose backers include billionaire financier George Soros and former Clinton operatives, in addition to the European Union and the Canadian government — are urging a boycott of Twitter if Musk takes over the corporate.

“Who funds these organizations that want to manage your access to information? Let’s investigate …,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday.

He added that “Sunlight is one of the best disinfectant.”

The letter, which was signed by 26 organizations, claimed that “Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will further toxify our information ecosystem and be a direct threat to public safety, especially amongst those already most vulnerable and marginalized.”

The letter signed by 26 liberal NGOs included the emblem of Media Matters for America, a pro-Democrat nonprofit founded by Clinton backer David Brock.AP

Musk taking control of Twitter means promoting on the platform “risks association with a platform amplifying hate, extremism, health misinformation, and conspiracy theorists,” the letter said.

“Under Musk’s management, Twitter risks becoming a cesspool of misinformation, together with your brand attached, polluting our information ecosystem in a time where trust in institutions and news media is already at an all-time low,” the letter added.

“Your ad dollars can either fund Musk’s vanity project or hold him to account. We call on you to demand Musk uphold these basic standards of community trust and safety, and to drag your promoting spending from Twitter in the event that they aren’t.”

One of the letter's signatories is an organization with ties to George Soros, the billionaire financier who has donated to several liberal causes.Certainly one of the letter’s signatories is a corporation with ties to George Soros, the billionaire financier who has donated to several liberal causes.Bloomberg via Getty Images

The document’s letterhead includes the logos of three organizations — Accountable Tech, Media Matters for America, and UltraViolet.

Accountable Tech is a Washington, DC-based organization linked to top Democrats. Jesse Lehrich, a co-founder, once served as a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He can also be the nephew of former Obama adviser David Axelrod.

Media Matters for America is a corporation founded by political operative and Clinton backer David Brock. MMFA is a site “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation within the U.S. media.”

Musk's $44 billion takeover bid was accepted last week by Twitter's board of directors.Musk’s $44 billion takeover bid was accepted last week by Twitter’s board of directors.REUTERS

UltraViolet is a feminist movement that’s “mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women, from politics and government to media and popular culture.”

Other signatories, like Access Now, have the support of the Canadian and European governments in addition to Soros, the billionaire financier who heads the Open Society Foundations.

Musk’s $44 billion takeover bid was accepted by Twitter’s board of directors last week. The world’s richest man has pledged to alter the positioning’s content moderation policies with a purpose to restore “free speech” to the platform.

Liberals fear Musk will allow Donald Trump, who was faraway from Twitter after the Jan. 6, 2021, riots on the US Capitol, and other key conservative figures who were banned from the platform back onto the positioning.

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