Statement on Elon Musk’s Embrace of Ron DeSantis: “Companies that give ad money to Twitter might as well be cutting a check to the DeSantis campaign”

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2023


Accountable Tech’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Nicole Gill released the following statement ahead of Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign launch on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk: 

“Elon Musk has already turned Twitter into a hellscape of hate and conspiracy. But his full-throated embrace of Ron DeSantis – only weeks after Tucker Carlson announced he would revive his Fox News show on Twitter – is a new low for what was once one of the world’s most important communication platforms.

“Despite Musk’s insistence that Twitter will be a neutral home for open discourse and ‘free speech,’ he has used it to boost his own opinionspander to Putin, and help foreign governments censor critics. Now, Musk’s Twitter is officially a megaphone for one party’s extremism.

“Every single company still advertising on Twitter better be comfortable with banning books, whitewashing history, and threatening LGBTQ+ families, because as of today, companies giving ad money to Twitter might as well be cutting a check to the DeSantis campaign.”


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