Elon Musk’s first day at the helm of Twitter was all about helping right-wing accounts

Elon Musk just spent $44 billion on Twitter, a social media platform with nearly 400 million users worldwide.

So what are his priorities from day one? Apparently they’re investigating a complaint from an anonymous right-wing troll about how they lost 1,200 subscribers the other day.

Late Thursday evening, the case was finally sealed between Elon Musk and Twitter, ending a months-long saga that saw Musk overpay to acquire the platform and privatize it.

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Musk took to Twitter last night to announce the change in ownership with a tweet.

“the bird is released,” Musk posted.

Elon Musk, Customer Service Representative

His very next tweet – which was his very first response to another user as the new owner of Twitter – was a response to anonymous right-wing Twitter user “@catturd2”, a user frequently retweeted by former President Donald Trump before Trump was suspended from the platform in January 2021.

The Tweeter which Musk responded to was a complaint from @catturd2 saying he was “still banned by Shadow, ghostbanned, searchbanned and Twitter removed 1200 followers today – as usual”.

It should be noted that @catturd2 has over 850,000 followers and his tweet has tens of thousands of likes before Musk even answered it. These are huge numbers that would place him in the upper echelon of Twitter users, which would make his claims of being persecuted by Twitter quite absurd.

Nonetheless, Musk personally reached out.

“I’m going to dig deeper today”, replied Musk.

After Musk’s response, @catturd2 quickly responded that he gained thousands of followers and credited it to the new owner of Twitter for quickly making changes that enabled this. Logical people would notice that @catturd2 likely gained followers because Musk replied to him and not because drastic changes were made to Twitter’s algorithm in the 20 minutes this all happened.

Will Musk personally respond to all right-wing influencers to assuage their complete misunderstanding of how social media works? Time will tell us.

Musk said one of his goals on Twitter would be to tackle bots and fake accounts. But the question remains: how will he delete these accounts without to anger the @catturd2s of Twitter? Everyone on the platform (and across the political divide) has at least a few fake followers. And the bigger the account, the more fake followers they have. If Musk goes through with his plan, accounts like @catturd2 will certainly blame him for the deletion of hundreds of thousands of fake subscribers. How will Musk respond to attacks from right-wing accounts then?

Elon Musk must solve the Elon Musk problem

But Musk actually has a more pressing problem to solve: Himself.

Early Thursday morning, Elon Musk tweeted a statement to Twitter advertisers who expressed concern about their continued marketing on Musk’s version of Twitter. He tried to allay their fears by saying he wouldn’t let Twitter become a “hellscape free for all” and said his plans are a response to fears that social media is splitting into partisan echo chambers.

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But, Elon Musk is obviously himself in a right-wing echo chamber. Musk personal textswhich were posted as part of the initial trial proceedings on Twitter, show him texting a number of right-wing supporters, some of whom even recommended he hire current Republican candidates for Congress.

Another interesting conversation from the texts submitted by Musk to the court concerns a contact that would be his ex-wife Talulah Riley. The pair were talking about Twitter’s suspension of a (self-proclaimed) conservative parody website that misleads transgender people, an account that violated Twitter’s rules at the time.

“Please do something to fight the revival,” Musk’s contact pleaded.

His own personal right-wing echo chamber

Musk is clearly surrounded by right-handers.

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And his day one attempt to investigate a right-wing user’s follower count wasn’t unique either. Shortly after replying to @catturd2 his very next Answer was on a Twitter account belonging to a right-wing organization called Canada Proud seeking his help with censorship issues in Canada.

Despite what conservative activists think, Big Tech is not a leftist utopia. It is, in fact, entirely owned by the right. They are die-hard capitalists. Twitter’s board literally sued Musk to force him to honor their legal agreement to buy the company because they valued their personal pay more than their employees’ livelihoods. (Remember: Musk has plans big layoffs.) Twitter executives walk away with millions payments while the employees Musk plans to lay off will have to worry about their next paycheck.

And it’s not just on the business side of things either. Social media companies have a very specific habit of kowtowing to right-wing users. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, was so afraid of angering the right-wing influencers they were given special treatment for spreading false information on Facebook.

It’s worth noting that Musk isn’t shy about blatantly showing where his true intentions lie.

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Musk may be in charge of Twitter now, but he’s still beholden to a powerful group: advertisers. After all, he has to repay his loans and please his investors one way or another. Maybe it would be wise for him to take his own advice and get out of his echo chamber.

Or, maybe he can just continue his new profession as a personal social media concierge service for right-wing social media junkies. Twitter can probably still grab the same advertisers that conservative media attract: MyPillow and gold coin sellers. These revenues will surely make the $44 billion purchase profitable.

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