NewsShortly after Twitter takeover: Elon Musk spreads conspiracy theory

Shortly after Twitter takeover: Elon Musk spreads conspiracy theory

Created: 10/30/2022 8:53 p.m

New Twitter boss Elon Musk has shared a conspiracy theory about the attack on US leader Nancy Pelosi’s husband. The outrage is great.

Washington, DC – Billionaire and Tesla founder Elon Musk has finally bought the short message service Twitter after a long time. Shortly after his takeover on Friday (October 28), he caused outrage.

Musk shared a controversial article under a tweet from former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. This is said to contain details of the recent attack on the husband of US politician Nancy Pelosi.

Elon Musk Shares Pelosi Attack Conspiracy Theory

Clinton had previously pointed out that the Republicans and their mouthpieces would spread hate and conspiracy theories. The US politician linked to an article in the Los Angeles Times . It said that Pelosi’s alleged attacker had spread conspiracy theories from the far-right group QAnon.

Nancy Pelosi’s husband had been mugged. An attacker is said to have broken into the couple’s residence in San Francisco, according to police. There he is said to have injured 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer. The Chair of the US House of Representatives was not in the city at the time.

Elon Musk doubts police information about Pelosi attack

Musk didn’t seem to fully trust the police information. He posted a report from the Santa Monica Observer site under Clinton’s tweet. He wrote, “There’s a tiny chance there’s more to this story than meets the eye.”

The article he shared speculates that no one broke into the Pelosis’ estate. Rather, Paul Pelosi was drunk that night and had an affair with a male sex worker. There is no evidence for this thesis. The police clearly speak of a burglary.

Elon Musk: Twitter boss causes outrage with conspiracy theory

“Santa Monica Observer” thanked the Twitter boss for taking over the short message service – and for sharing the report. However, the source specified by Musk is not considered serous. Fake news was already being spread during the 2016 presidential election between Donald Trump and Clinton. Hillary Clinton died and a double took over her presidential campaign.

Musk’s tweet was promptly followed by outraged reactions from the Twitter community. The exchange between Clinton and Musk “should destroy any remaining trust advertisers have in the platform,” wrote US author Molly Jong-Fast.

Elon Musk ist Gründer von Tesla und seit Kurzem neuer Twitter-Chef.
Elon Musk is the founder of Tesla and recently the new boss of Twitter. © Andre M. Chang/imago

Elon Musk has already attracted attention several times with polarizing tweets

“Elon was tweeting nonsense long before he bought Twitter,” said another user, referring to Tesla CEO’s statements on the Ukraine war. Elon Musk would refer to “conspiracy theories and not actual evidence” with his tweet, commented another. “His freedom of speech means he can say any nonsense he likes.”

According to Musk, one reason for the Twitter takeover was the restricted freedom of speech. Most recently, Musk announced that he would release “anyone who has been banned for minor and dubious reasons (…) from Twitter jail”.

The new Twitter boss had already attracted attention in the past with provocative tweets. In February, for example, he caused outrage with a post he shared about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Alongside a photo of Adolf Hitler, the tweet read: “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau. I had a household.” Musk then deleted the tweet. (kas/dpa)

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