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A report from Axios on Thursday argued that Elon Musk was behaving like a “supervillain” in attempting to buy up Twitter and take it private, calling the situation a “worst-case scenario”.
In a post titled “Elon Musk Goes Full Goblin Mode,” Felix Salmon referenced a tweet from Musk, which has since been deleted, which included a meme that read, “In fairness, your honor, my client was in “goblin mode”. ‘”
Musk offered to buy Twitter on Thursday for more than $43 billion.
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“The world’s richest man – someone who was once compared to Marvel’s Iron Man – is increasingly behaving like a movie supervillain, with seemingly limitless resources to fund his misdeeds,” reads- we in the article.
Axios’ post said Musk could be a “dangerous beast” in Goblin mode.
“Twitter is where journalists congregate and do a lot of their work, and they really I don’t want to work in Elon Musk’s private estate,” Salmon wrote.
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He also wrote that because Musk said his offer was final, it would be “easier for Twitter’s board to reject it.”
“This outcome was generally considered a low-probability worst-case scenario. Now it’s here,” Salmon concluded.
Several other media personalities and analysts have spoken out against Musk’s actions, including MSNBC analyst Anand Giridharadas, who said the Tesla CEO was the reason to “abolish billionaires.”
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Musk previously revealed that he bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter. After announcing he would be joining Twitter’s board of directors, he declined a board seat.
Ahead of reports that he had bought the largest share of the social media company, Musk asked his many Twitter followers if the platform “strictly adheres” to free speech principles. He also if a new social media platform was needed.
“I invested in Twitter because I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the world, and I believe that free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy” , Musk wrote in a letter to Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor after he offered to buy the social media company on Thursday. “However, since making my investment, I now realize that the business will not thrive or serve this societal imperative in its current form.”