Elon Musk cheekily taunted his enemies claiming he hoped even his "worst critics" remained on Twitter just before the historic announcement he successfully purchased the company for a whopping £34billion.
The billionaire SpaceX founder took to Twitter just hours before the purchase announcement, writing: "I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means."
Musk has vowed to make the issue with free speech central in his takeover, which has led to people speculating he will allow banned right-wing figures such as Donald Trump back.
"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," said Mr. Musk.
"I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans.
"Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it."
Earlier today (Monday, 25 April), the Tesla CEO tweeted a cryptic line of poetry: “And be my love in the rain."
It is understood to be the final line from American poet Robert Frost’s poem A Line-storm Song, which was written about the difficulties in relationships.
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Musk has previously stressed that his decision to purchase Twitter was "not a way to sort of make money" and says it was not a move made on business grounds.
Speaking at TED2022 in Vancouver earlier this month, he said: "My strong intuitive sense is that having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive is extremely important."
Writing to the company's chairman Bret Taylor, Musk stated: "I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy."
He added: "Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it."
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