In footage obtained by Project Veritas of Thursday’s meeting with Twitter employees, Elon Musk stressed the importance of having free speech on the platform he is in the process of purchasing.
"I think it’s essential to have free speech and for — and to be able to communicate, yeah, just communicate freely," the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said in the virtual meeting. The full, nearly hour long meeting can be viewed here.
"In order for people to have trust in Twitter, I think it’s extremely important that there’d be transparency," Musk later added.
Musk also stressed the importance of Twitter not "driving a narrative" on its platform.
"If there are multiple opinions, but — and just make sure we’re not sort of driving a narrative," Musk said.
"I think Twitter in terms of, like, serious issues can be a lot better at informing people about serious issues," he later continued.
"How many times has — have the media gotten it [narrative] right? I would say almost never, not never, but almost never," Musk added.
Twitter’s chief marketing officer and head of people Leslie Berland continued on to ask Musk about his personal political views.
"My political views I think are moderate," said Musk. "I’m in favor of moderate politics. But, you know, allowing people who have relatively extreme views to express those views within the bounds of the law."
"It’s free speech within the context of the law. So, it’s not — I’m definitely not suggesting that we just flout the law cause we’ll get shut down in that case.
"And, I think there’s also — there’s freedom of speech or freedom of reach," said Musk.
Musk explained that he thinks people should be able to express some "pretty outrageous things" that are "within the bounds of the law" on the platform, but that these posts "don’t get amplified," and get limited reach.
Musk continued on to explain his goals for Twitter, which he is currently in the process of purchasing.
"And I think an important goal for Twitter would —really try to include as much of the country, as much of the world as possible," said Musk.
"So, the things that I’ve said about Twitter, I think need to happen in order for it to be — to really go to the next level. I mean, I think the potential is there for Twitter to have — be accessible to an order of magnitude more people.
"Let’s say the far left 10 percent, and far right 10 percent were equally upset on Twitter, then that would probably be a good outcome.
"The standard is much more than not offending people. The standard is — should be that they are very entertained and informed," he said.
The meeting marks the first time that Musk has spoken directly with his prospective future employees since his purchase of the platform was announced in April.
Musk has threatened to pull out from or postpone the deal, requesting in May that the platform prove that less than 5 percent of the platform’s users are bot accounts.
An attorney for Musk sent a letter to Twitter in June requiring that the company send these figures in order for the deal to continue.
"At this point," attorney Mike Ringler wrote. "Mr. Musk believes Twitter is transparently refusing to comply with its obligations under the merger agreement, which is causing further suspicion that the company is withholding the requested data due to concern for what Mr. Musk's own analysis of that data will uncover."
If the deal continues, it is expected to take around six months to close on the offer.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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