Sen. Cruz: Musk's Twitter Purchase Is 'One of the Most Significant Developments for Free Speech'

Susan Jones | October 28, 2022 | 9:25am EDT
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Elon Musk carries a sink into Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on October 26, 2022, captioning the photo, "Let that sink in."  (Photo from Twitter account of Elon Musk/AFP via Getty Images)
Elon Musk carries a sink into Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on October 26, 2022, captioning the photo, "Let that sink in." (Photo from Twitter account of Elon Musk/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - On this day after Elon Musk bought Twitter, firing some of its top executives, the hallelujah chorus rang out among free-speech advocates on the social media platform.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Fox News Thursday night:

"Look, I think Elon Musk's buying Twitter is one of the most significant developments for free speech in modern times.

"Big Tech is the single greatest threat to free speech and to free and fair elections we have in America, and Twitter was brazen about it, about silencing and censoring conservatives.

"Elon Musk -- I'm glad he bought Twitter, he put a lot of money into it, and what he said is, he wants it to be a haven for free speech. He wants to let people speak and debate and for it to be the town square of public democracy. I think that is tremendous, that he fired the top executives, that is incredibly important. He needed to clean house at the top level.

"And simply allowing free speech is incredibly important. Next year, when Republicans take a majority, and I'm right now in the middle of a nation-wide, 17-state bus tour, I spent all day today campaigning with Herschel Walker in Georgia.

"When we take the majority in both houses, which I believe we will, I'm next in line to chair the Senate Commerce Committee, and you can be assured we're going to have hearings examining big tech censorship and fighting to protect Americans' free speech."

Cruz is out with a new book, titled, "Justice Corrupted: How the Left Weaponized Our Legal System'

'The bird is freed'

Late Thursday night, Musk announced completion of the deal with the following tweet: "the bird is freed". He also posted a message to Twitter advertisers, explaining why he bought the company and what he hopes to do with it.

Here is his letter in its entirety:

    Dear Twitter Advertisers:

    I wanted to reach out personally to share my motivation in acquiring Twitter. There has been much speculation about why I bought Twitter and what I think about about advertising. Most of it has been wrong.

    The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence. There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society.

    In the relentless pursuit of clicks, much of traditional media has fueled and catered to those polarized extremes, as they believe that is what brings in the money, but, in doing so, the opportunity for dialogue is lost.

    That is why I bought Twitter.

    I didn’t do it because it would be easy. I didn’t do it to make more money. I did it to try to help humanity, whom I love. And I do so with humility, recognizing that failure in pursuing this goal, despite our best efforts, is a very real possibility.

    That said, Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences! In addition to adhering to the laws of the land, our platform must be warm and welcoming to all, where you can choose your desired experience according to your preferences, just as you can choose, for example, to see movies or play video games ranging from all ages to mature.

    I also very much believe that advertising, when done right, can delight, entertain and inform you; it can show you a service or product or medical treatment that you never knew existed, but is right for you. For this to be true, it is essential to show Twitter users advertising that is as relevant as possible to their needs. Low relevancy ads are spam, but highly relevant ads are actually content!

    Fundamentally, Twitter aspires to be the most respected advertising platform in the world that strengthens your brand and grows your enterprise. To everyone who has partnered with us, I thank you. Let us build something extraordinary together.

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