A billionaire Republican megadonor has purchased a stake in Twitter and has plans to mix up the currently far-left leaning social media platform.
Paul singer’s Elliott Management Corp. plans to oust CEO Jack Dorsey among a host of other changes. According to Bloomberg News, Elliott Management Corp. has already nominated four directors to the board of Twitter.
Twitter’s long time struggles with user growth metrics and a weak stock performance have labeled Dorsey as a strong candidate for removal. Unlike other prominent tech CEO’s, Dorsey has no voting control over twitter due to the fact that the company has just one class of stock.
Singer, who opposed President Trump’s campaign in 2016, has since changed his tune and become a strong Trump supporter, raising the prospect that some of the changes to Twitter could make the platform a friendlier place for pro-Trump users.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Singer donated $24 million to Republican and right-leaning groups in the 2016 election.
“As you know, Paul was very much involved with the anti-Trump or as they say ‘Never Trump,” and Paul just left [the White House] and he’s given us his total support and it’s all about unification,” Trump said in 2017. “So, I want to thank Paul Singer for being here and coming up to the office. He was a very strong opponent and now he’s a very strong ally and I appreciate that.”
Twitter has long been known for its openly left leaning tendencies and it has certainly influenced the free speech of its user base as they have silenced not only conservatives but also independent-minded commentators and left-of-center activists.
In 2018, feminist Meghan Murphy slammed Twitter for the “dangerous” banning and silencing of users who didn’t follow the platform’s guidelines. Murphy was banned after writing that “men aren’t women,” in defiance of Twitter’s stated views on gender.
“I don’t want to draw a line that ends up silencing people who have political ideas, or who are talking about ideologies, or who are challenging popular discourse that has been deemed offensive,” Murphy told The Hill.
Twitter has yet to comment on the attempted ousting of the CEO. “We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category. This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals,” Twitter’s website read.
Meanwhile, Jordan Peterson, the Canadian professor who famously protested legislation that would punish professors for refusing to use students’ custom pronouns, began development recently on a “free speech” alternative to Twitter called Thinkspot.
California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes last year also filed a major lawsuit seeking a staggering $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users, accusing the social media site of “shadow-banning conservatives” to secretly hide their posts, systematically censoring opposing viewpoints, and totally “ignoring” lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.
“Twitter is a machine,” Nunes’ personal attorney, Steven S. Biss, told Fox News. “It is a modern-day Tammany Hall. Congressman Nunes intends to hold Twitter fully accountable for its abusive behavior and misconduct.”