After his $44 billion buyout bid was approved by the company’s board today, Musk, a billionaire who works sporadically in the automotive and space industries but primarily in memes, is in a position to become the new owner of Twitter.
Twitter is a well-known social media platform that only a small number of people use, but it somehow can upset the entire world’s sociopolitical order (along with its buddies over at Facebook, of course).
Musk has been attempting to take over Twitter for the past three weeks. Musk is a well-known user of the service who enjoys tweeting jokes that have previously been tweeted by millions of middle school students while simultaneously whining about “wokeness.”
Many are concerned about what Musk, who claims he is buying Twitter to protect free speech, will do to stop the spread of misinformation and propaganda on the social media platform given how lax Twitter has been about monitoring hate speech, political extremism, and outright lies about our government (including, of course, the 2020 election).
Will Georgia’s own deranged congressional embarrassment Marjorie Taylor Greene be permitted to tweet her blatant lies and nonsense once more? Greene was pleading with Trump’s team to enforce “Marshall law” to annul the election as late as January 17, 2021.
Will Trump, who was ultimately banned from Twitter after leaving the White House and following numerous infractions of the social media platform’s rules of service, go back to the app where he once yelled like a child numerous times every day? (While Trump has already stated he won’t use Twitter again, even if Musk begs him to, it’s just a matter of time before he removes his own social media program, Truth Social, and declares it never existed.)
Does it even matter if these two or other far-right extremists who have been blocked by Twitter start using the program once more when many accounts and bots continue to disseminate the same garbage they would publish on Twitter? Actually, no.
Some people are jubilant about Musk possibly owning Twitter. Others are lamenting the loss of an app that they have conflicting emotions about. This app allowed them to create and connect with communities of like-minded individuals, fostering long-lasting relationships in both personal and professional life.
However, it has also been rife with hatred and harassment, a major contributor to the extreme political division we currently witness, and it is also really bad for mental health. Given how many jobs, friendships, and romantic relationships have been started on Twitter and how inept its administrators are, you have to give them credit for the platform’s negative reputation.
Twitter has also been essential for humor, both for those who create comedy and for those who just want to laugh. Lord knows how popular this comic section has been; we don’t run ’em very often these days, but there have been months when hurriedly assembled twitter galleries accounted for the majority of our traffic.
(Well, along with our hurriedly put-together lists of comedy streaming services.)
About 75% of the tweets I’ve seen today have been about the news that Twitter has given in to Elon Musk’s takeover attempts. These tweets have ranged from sober analyses of why this is worrying to announcements that users will be leaving the platform to (most importantly) really funny jokes about how stupid and messed up the whole situation is.
Let’s have a look at the funniest tweets, which have been compiled here for your convenience. Who knows, given that the notoriously prickly Musk is in charge, this might be the final opportunity you have to mock him on Twitter, regardless of what he may say about “free speech.”
Elon Musk Tweets From Last 10 Days Making Internet Crazy
A beautiful thing about Twitter is how it empowers citizen journalism – people are able to disseminate news without an establishment bias
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 26, 2022
At Twitter headquarters’ coffee bar, @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/vy5Cw7zttf
— Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson) October 27, 2022
CNBS everybody! pic.twitter.com/Sa4nimHF9f
— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) October 28, 2022
Finally, the truth that carbs are amazing can be said on this platform! #FreeSpeech
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 29, 2022
Andrej @Karpathy on the massive potential of Tesla and why he may be interested in returning for an “Act 2” $TSLA @elonmusk https://t.co/e6yzK7VFjK pic.twitter.com/hWa8RXZAIQ
— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) October 29, 2022
Now that the word is out: I’m helping out @elonmusk with Twitter temporarily with some other great people.
I ( and a16z) believe this is a hugely important company and can have great impact on the world and Elon is the person to make it happen. pic.twitter.com/weGwEp8oga
— Sriram Krishnan – sriramk.eth (@sriramk) October 30, 2022
Wachtell & Twitter board deliberately hid this evidence from the court. Stay tuned, more to come … pic.twitter.com/CifaNvtRtt
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2022
Update on the coordinated, hateful conduct surge — it was quickly thwarted. https://t.co/QUNveJRVY6
— @jason (@Jason) November 1, 2022
Sonic BOOMS!! https://t.co/6n5OxFc0Dy
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2022
Falcon Heavy launches USSF-44 to orbit, and its two side boosters return to Earth – SpaceX’s 50th mission of 2022 pic.twitter.com/t0ZXCTGFrM
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 1, 2022
The bots won’t like this.
— Michael Saylor⚡️ (@saylor) November 1, 2022
— The Kilowatts 🚗⚡️ (@klwtts) November 1, 2022
We’re staying vigilant against attempts to manipulate conversations about the 2022 US midterms. Read on for independent analysis of our teams’ work 👇 https://t.co/O2MFNqCTY2
— Yoel Roth (@yoyoel) November 2, 2022
I want you to succeed at Twitter.
This critique is based only on cold hard facts:
You will never restore “public trust” at Twitter when the guy in charge thinks 100,000,000 Americans who support America First are “Literal Nazis”
Not possible.@yoyoel must go pic.twitter.com/yUAabQPgdo
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 2, 2022
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2022
Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that “free speech” is actually a $8/mo subscription plan
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 2, 2022
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2022
Another important thing. Change the algorithms. A person sitting in U.S should be able to come across content being made in Japan more easily and vice versa. Tweets and content should have a much higher reach and monetisation. Companies can pay for reach, individuals can’t.
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) October 31, 2022
— Jonas (@jonastyle_) November 4, 2022
Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists.
Extremely messed up! They’re trying to destroy free speech in America.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 4, 2022
I’ve been meaning to post the graphs of the usage spike over the past week. But the best part is we don’t need to, because the data is all public and people like @AlexMahadevan can do an even deeper analysis!👇 https://t.co/zGkO8UpDor
— Keith Coleman 🌱😀🙌 (@kcoleman) November 5, 2022
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 5, 2022
Elon was legally forced to buy Twitter even though he wanted to get out of the deal
Twitter was losing money every month due to poor management
But now that he is restructuring the company to keep 50% of the jobs, it’s all his fault and he is bad?
— Alex (@alex_avoigt) November 5, 2022
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 5, 2022
“elon is satan and everything he does is pure evil” is obviously stupid
“elon is god and everything he does is perfect and will be 100% successful” is obviously stupid too
maybe stop being stupid af, everyone
— Shibetoshi Nakamoto (@BillyM2k) November 4, 2022
Want Tweets From The Fans? Check Out These Hilarious Ones!
we still have like an hour if some teens want to win a $50,000,000,000 surfing competition and save twitter
— Johnny McNulty (parody of former self) (@JohnnyMcNulty) April 25, 2022
The Krassensteins are coming back to Twitter and there are like 37 of them now. In the time they were banned they figured out the cloning technique from The Prestige
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) April 25, 2022
The funniest thing about your tweets here is that you’re replying to a White boy who’s pretending to be Black 😂
— Mr. Mei (美) (@AMei2424) April 25, 2022
The funniest thing about all this is that musk didn’t ever want Twitter. He screwed up and got stuck with it. So every time some far right commentator such as yourself tweets this stuff I think of poor Elon and have a smile. F**king funny.
— Roofrunner (@Roofrunner4) October 28, 2022
The funniest thing about Elon Musk’s tweets is that he seriously thinks he is funny
— Kevin E Stern (@sternkev) July 25, 2022
one of the funniest tweets about Trump (🤮) so far… 🤣😂😆 Nearly convinced me that you like that doofus, well done sarcasm …
— Uwe Brandenburg 🌻 🇺🇦🇩🇪🇨🇿🇪🇺 (@UweBrandenburg1) July 12, 2022
The funniest thing about Elon Musk asking Twitter to ‘disclose’ their bots vs real users, is the fact that Elon probably has the most bots following him, liking and retweeting his tweets than any other user, just judging by his huge following alone.
— DemsMight 🇺🇸 (@demsmight) July 11, 2022
i think the funniest thing is that every time someone tweets about liking elon musk, they have the replies either turned off or limited lmao
— Tony (@st0neylol) June 19, 2022
I think the funniest thing about it is everyone calling her out for tweets about being a JD fan, And obsessing over Kate Moss 🤣
— c o r i n n a m a e (@CoronaBabyy) June 5, 2022
When @elonmusk tweets about it you have to be a part of the movement@Pride is in 2 days so I'm front running the movement with @inu_pride who have some of the funniest events & marketing lined up
Plus the dip will get slurped up 😂🤣$PRIDE https://t.co/6HRLezwkye
— Chadmandan (@byChadManDan) June 2, 2022
people worried Elon Musk will ruin Twitter, a website whose major accomplishments over 16 years are creating then destroying Chrissy Teigen and getting Brooklyn Nine-Nine a 6th season
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) April 25, 2022
What sucks about Elon Musk taking over Twitter is that all the other tech moguls like Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Jeff Bezos seem so cool.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) April 25, 2022
The aliens designing Elon Musk pic.twitter.com/ZrvVJZSJ2P
— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) April 25, 2022
ELON MUSK BOUGHT A HAIRLINE *AND* TWITTER THATS WILD
— THE KID MERO 🇩🇴 (@THEKIDMERO) April 25, 2022
Luckily Elon Musk believes Twitter is all about free speech, so we can still constantly post about how much of a fucking loser douchebag he is. That part is nice.
— Drew Schnoebelen (Parody) (@Dschnoeb) April 25, 2022
Huge congratulations to Elon Musk for inventing and engineering Twitter exactly the same way he invented and engineered Tesla Motors!
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) April 25, 2022
Wow I sure hope Elon Musk doesn’t make Twitter bad
— Desi (@DesiJed) April 25, 2022
Musk, a millionaire who works intermittently in the automotive and space industries but largely in memes, is in line to become the new owner of Twitter after his $44 billion acquisition bid was accepted by the company’s board today.
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