Elon Musk Slams Mark Zuckerberg For Controlling Too Much Speech In America

(PresidentialHill.com)- Elon Musk mocked Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, accusing him of wielding too much power over public discussions and referring to him as “Zuckerberg the 14th.”
Musk, 50, was in Vancouver for the TED conference when he was questioned about his ambitions to purchase Twitter, which he had already disclosed.
He claimed that it was a bid to safeguard democracy and promote freedom of expression, not a ploy to gain money.
When asked what he would say to detractors who argue that having the world’s wealthiest man oversee such a powerful platform may be hazardous, Musk said he intended to make it more open, not more limited.
Musk explained that as for media ownership, Mark Zuckerberg owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, with a share ownership structure that will keep Mark Zuckerberg the 14th controlling those firms. Musk was referring to Louis 14th, the all-powerful ‘Sun King,’ much to the audience’s delight.
Musk said it would be a different environment on Twitter with him at the helm.
Rather than controlling Twitter himself, Musk stated that he intended to maintain as many stockholders as possible. He owns 9.1% of Twitter at the moment. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta, are held by Zuckerberg, who owns 12.8 percent of the corporation.
Musk also stated that he intended to open-source Twitter’s algorithm and would like to err on the side of freedom of speech than censorship.
Musk’s philosophy would be, ‘If in doubt, let the speech exist. If it’s a gray area, he would say, let the tweet exist.’
Musk says he is not claiming he has all the solutions, but he believes social media should be extremely hesitant to delete anything. Permanent prohibitions should be approached with caution.
He believes that timeouts are preferable to permanent bans.
Musk and Zuckerberg have had a turbulent relationship for a long time.
In November 2014, Zuckerberg hosted a meal at his Palo Alto home for Musk, two top researchers from Facebook’s new artificial intelligence division, and two other Facebook executives. According to The New York Times, Zuckerberg organized the meal in response to Musk’s repeated warnings about artificial intelligence, which he considered alarmist.
The two never got along: in July 2017, Zuckerberg said on Facebook Live that Musk’s ideas on AI were quite reckless.
Musk said that he’s talked to Zuckerberg about AI and that his knowledge of the topic is quite poor.
The bad blood between them is ever-present.
When a SpaceX rocket explosion in 2016 damaged a Facebook satellite, Zuckerberg expressed his disappointment by saying he was very saddened by its “failure.”
Musk publicly deleted his companies’ Facebook pages when Facebook was questioned about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, tweeting that the company gave him “the willies.”
Since then, Musk has urged people to ‘#DeleteFacebook,’ accused Facebook of spying on users, and blamed the business for inciting the January 6 uprising.
Musk confessed on Thursday that he had no idea if his offer for Twitter would succeed.
Later on Thursday, Twitter’s CEO told employees that the board is still debating Musk’s bid to take the social media company private for $43 billion, promising a “rigorous process” but not committing to a timetable.
After the board meeting on Thursday afternoon, Parag Agrawal, 37, addressed the company’s employees in an all-hands meeting.
He told employees that the company was still evaluating Musk’s $43 billion offer.
Stay tuned.