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Elon Musk Shares His Motivation in Buying Twitter: 'It Is Important to the Future of Civilization'

CNSNews.com Staff | October 28, 2022 | 6:43am EDT
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Elon Musk carries a sink into Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on October 26, 2022, the day he closed the sale, making himself "Chief Twit." (Photo by Twitter account of Elon Musk/AFP via Getty Images)
Elon Musk carries a sink into Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on October 26, 2022, the day he closed the sale, making himself "Chief Twit." (Photo by Twitter account of Elon Musk/AFP via Getty Images)

Billionaire Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, posted a message to Twitter advertisers, explaining why he bought the company and what he hopes to do with it.

Late Thursday night, Musk announced completion of the deal with the following tweet: "the bird is freed".

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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