Elon Musk said during a live Q&A session following the first batch release relating to the “Twitter Files” that he is not having suicidal thoughts, as some have been suggesting.
The comment was a response to a question about whether the new Twitter CEO was “suicidal” because there had been lots of talk about Musk’s mental state.
“I do not have any suicidal thoughts … If I commit suicide, it’s not real!” Musk said in laughter late Dec. 3 as 100,000 people tuned into the discussion on Twitter Spaces. The “Twitter Files” are a trove of documents revealing the Twitter’s censorship activities in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election.
Musk joked that given the revelations in the files and his expressed plans to ensure that political powers have no undisclosed influence at the company going forward, powerful figures and institutions may want to him out of the way.
The series of internal Twitter communications, released by Musk’s new leadership of Twitter and independent journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday, unveiled communcations showing how former Twitter executives censored reports about Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election. Musk said earlier in the week that this amounted to election interference.
The billionaire on Saturday also denied claims on media reports about Twitter being “some sort of right-wing hellscape,” saying it’s “absolutely isn’t.”
“And in fact there are far fewer bots, far fewer trolls and it’s actually, I think, way more fun and interesting. And we’re seeing that in the user minutes and in the daily average users.”
Musk said that Twitter’s censorship had been biased toward Democrats candidates, noting there there was “a very different standard applied to Republican candidates in the U.S. versus a Democrat candidates.”
“I’m not saying this is definitely the case. There appears to have been a double standard where Democrats were not censored and and and left courses were not censored but right causes and Republicans were,” he told Q&A session audience.
“I think this is frankly obvious to anyone who uses Twitter without any extra exposure of Twitter files. It was not even-handed.”
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