Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) first mocked Elon Musk for charging a subscription fee for verified accounts, which amused Tesla’s founder.
“Your feedback is appreciated,” Musk replied to the Democrat darling’s complaint, “now pay $8.”
He then suggested the New York congresswoman was being hypocritical complaining about him charging $8 for subscriptions, noting her online shop charges $58 for a sweatshirt.
Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez continued ranting against Musk on the platform he just bought for $44 billion.
“Yo @elonmusk while I have your attention, why should people pay $8 just for their app to get bricked when they say something you don’t like?” demanded Ocasio-Cortez. “This is what my app has looked like ever since my tweet upset you yesterday. What’s good? Doesn’t seem very free speechy to me.”
Below her caption was a large graphic of a squawking chicken.
The congresswoman accused Musk of silencing her Twitter mentions after she disagreed with him, according to a USA Today report.
Prolific actor Mark Ruffalo flexed his Twitter muscles as he retweeted the Bronx representative’s tweet.
“Elon. Please—for the love of decency—get off Twitter, hand the keys over to someone who does this as an actual job, and get on with running Tesla and SpaceX,” said the actor famous for portraying “The Incredible Hulk” in Marvel films. “You are destroying your credibility. It’s just not a good look.”
Twitter’s new owner reminded the actor he should verify internet claims instead of just taking them for fact.
“Hot take: not everything AOC says is [emoji for 100 percent] accurate,” Musk responded.
Ruffalo answered the world’s richest man with advice about how to run his new company.
“Maybe so,” replied Ruffalo. “That’s why having robust filters for dis/misinformation & credible verified users has been a popular feature for people & advertisers alike. We need those safeguards to make sure it’s accurate information, or the app loses credibility, as do you. And people leave.”
Business analysts opine that Musk grossly overpaid for buying the social media company in a bid to enhance free speech. Also, his stated intention to loosen moderation policies have made some advertisers wary enough they have withdrawn their accounts until the new policy is understood.
Social activists mounted pressure campaigns to convince some of Twitter’s largest advertisers to pull their money from Twitter because of expected changes to content filtering.
The combination of a sinking stock price and fewer advertisers has Musk scrambling to avoid a potential $1 billion loss. He has begun firing staff with up to 4,000 employees expected to feel the HR axe.
Musk also began charging an $8 per month subscription fee for verified accounts that will be part of a Twitter Blue package designed to provide exclusive features to engaged users.
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