After Twitter CEO Elon Musk fired numerous well-known journalists from the platform in what appeared to be retaliation for their adverse reporting, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) led a chorus of vehement criticisms of Musk.
The outspoken progressive activist advised Musk to refrain from making rash judgments like his hasty Thursday decision to remove tech journalists from respected news organizations like CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
I understand feeling scared, but abusing your position of authority and arbitrarily excluding journalists heightens the tension in the area, Ocasio-Cortez added.
“Beat yourself up and stop the proto-fascism. Consider putting your phone down.
Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) alleged that after the erratic billionaire claimed he would govern Twitter as a bastion of free speech, Musk revealed his natural colors.
Jones stated that Musk “couldn’t pass a few weeks posing as a champion of free speech before he was revealed as a grifter and a psychopath.”
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) published his information for social media sites and other critical left-of-center people “given Twitter’s instability and the risk of Elon Musk waking up one morning” and banning him.
The bans were branded “detestable” by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), who also questioned Musk’s capacity for independent thought.
The Brooklyn lawmaker stated, “Meaningful self-reflection may simply be beyond his capacity.”
The heated retorts came after Musk, who recently purchased Twitter, abruptly and without cause suspended the reporters that cover Twitter.
Most of the authors have written on Musk’s contentious assaults on a 20-year-old Twitter user who utilized open data to track the movements of his private jet, even though they were only handed boilerplate rules of the conduct violation notice.
According to Musk, doing so doxxes him and gives potential assailants “assassination coordinates.”
Though Twitter informed the journalists that they were “permanently” banned, he made fun of the critics for overreacting by adding that being suspended for a day is not the same as dying.
You’re a public figure. An extremely controversial and powerful one.
I get feeling unsafe, but descending into abuse of power + erratically banning journalists only increases the intensity around you.
Take a beat and lay off the proto-fascism. Maybe try putting down your phone. https://t.co/BniyYUqWMY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 16, 2022