Boycott on Twitter: these groups are behind it

By Daniel Weinman

He likes to tweet about himself, says $ 265 billion handyman Elon Musk, often in the bathroom or – as he calls it – from his “porcelain throne.” Now the founder of Tesla and SpaceX has taken over the microblogging service. This contains a lot of explosive material, because when the by far richest person on the planet takes control of one of the most influential technology platforms in the world, criticism will not be long in coming.

“The most important thing to know about Musk is that he is a troll. Like all trolls, he sets out to offend and upset with the sole purpose of getting the world’s attention.” Other left-wing media such as “Spiegel” (“When the troll buys the shop”) and “Zeit” (“The troll takes over”) also spread the narrative: a rich man abuses his power to define freedom of expression according to its own taste.

Far more massive are 26 left-wing NGOs, whose supporters include billionaire financier George Soros and former activists Clinton and Obama: “Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter will further poison our information ecosystem and pose a direct threat. for public safety, especially for those who are already most vulnerable and excluded ”, reads the letter, signed by these organizations.

‘Disinformation Fund’

The letter is addressed to well-known brands such as Apple, Coca-Cola, Disney, Warner and Kraft – coupled with a call to boycott the platform to prevent “hate speech” and “disinformation”. If Musk takes control of Twitter, it means that advertising on the platform “risks being associated with a platform that promotes extremism, health disinformation and conspiracy theorists.” Twitter risks becoming a “well of disinformation that pollutes our information ecosystem at a time when trust in institutions and the media is already at an all-time low”.

“Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information? Let’s investigate … “Musk tweeted. Letterhead with the logos of the three organizations Accountable Tech, Media Matters for America and UltraViolet points the way.

Accountable Tech is a Washington DC-based organization associated with leading Democrats. Jesse Lehrich, one of the co-founders, was a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He is also the grandson of former Obama adviser David Axelrod.

The federal government is also one of the supporters

Media Matters for America was founded by David Brock, a political activist and Clinton supporter. According to the website, it is “dedicated to comprehensive monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the US media.” In 2017, Politico magazine dubbed him the “attack dog of the Democrats”.

Media Matters is funded by a variety of donors, including the National Education Association – America’s largest union representing teachers and other school staff – and several Jewish groups, including the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and the United’s Community Foundation. Jewish Federation of San Diego.

UltraViolet, on the other hand, is a feminist movement dedicated to “fighting sexism and creating a more inclusive world in which all women are adequately portrayed”. Signatories of letters such as Access Now are supported by the Canadian and European governments, as well as George Soros, the very wealthy US investor and founder of the Open Society Foundations.

This foundation in turn supports the undersigned NGO Access Now. A thief who thinks badly. Several European governments are also among the benefactors of this organization, including Germany, which last year alone contributed around $ 700,000 to four projects through the federal foreign ministry.

I expressly ask those who have little of themselves to keep what little they have. I am very happy for the support of all who are not injured!

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Daniel Weinmann worked for many years as an editor at one of the best-known German media. He writes a pseudonym below.

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