Elon Musk attacks Facebook for Democratic bias
The CEO said money spent on 'get out the vote' campaigns was political
Elon Musk has criticised Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg for spending $400 million on “get out the vote” campaigns, which he argued was a front for funding the Democrats. “Does that sound unbiased?” Musk asked. In an interview with Tucker Carlson that aired on Monday night, he emphasised the importance of free speech on platforms like his and Facebook’s, arguing that they had a duty in a functioning democracy. “Some things are priceless,” he said. “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy…[and] the speech needs to be as transparent and truthful as possible.”
Musk also shared his concerns about the state of Twitter before his acquisition, feeling that the platform was “drifting in a bad direction” and that the previous management did not care about improving its features or performance, only censoring it. He told Carlson that Twitter’s staff is now 20% of what it was before he took over, arguing that it was overstaffed for what he calls “a group text service at scale”.
Like what you’re reading? Get the free UnHerd daily email
Already registered? Sign in
In the course of their discussion, Musk expressed his fears about AI development. He spoke with regret about his efforts in recruiting the OpenAI team, highlighting his concerns about the organisation becoming closed-source, for-profit, and closely allied with Microsoft. With Google DeepMind now another dominant player, Musk stated his intention to create a third option in the AI landscape.
Despite starting late, Musk hopes that a new project led by him, which he tentatively called TruthGPT, could do more good than harm by focusing on understanding the universe, rather than just being “politically correct”. Drawing a parallel between humans and chimpanzees — a species that humans could conceivably wipe out, but choose not to — the Twitter CEO argued that an AI trained to value understanding the universe is less likely to pose a threat to humanity. The big questions in terms of AI development, he told Carlson, come down to: “will humanity control its destiny or not? Will humanity control its future or not?”
The media seem very uncomfortable with Musk being his own man and not particularly biased.
Let’s encourage Musk to buy Facebook as well.
I think if you look back at the headlines following the 2016 election it looks like media organizations like Bookface came under substantial pressure for the apparatus of state to toe the Democratic line under threat of regulatory intervention
But most of their staff are censorious, woke, little pr**ks or some mentally ill transbolix creatures.
Apart from top management who are there to create media wars (and make mega money).
To distract woke slaves from noticing that their lot is much worse than their parents.
Poor but virtuous….
Brain dead sheep…
I do not disagree with you, but they were given a green light
Elon Musk is right. He’s the John Wayne of social media. A straight-shooter.
People like Zuckerberg are at the forefront of the cultural marxist revolution that is hell bent on destroying western civilisation. Thankfully there are still a few influential individuals like Elon Musk who are strong enough, intellectually, morally and financially, to stand up and challenge the Woking Class.
4 failed marriages and named his kid after a squiggle. Don’t see what all the fuss is about
Musk is still a t**t though
Frank, do some research about the man before launching nonsense, ad hominem attacks. His YouTube interview by Lex Fridman is a good place to start.
If I had to choose between Trump and Biden, I’d go for Biden too. Although that is the very definition of having to choose between plague and cholera.
But the key question is *if* the choice of the next President was between a bombastic Trump and a cognitively challenged Biden – which bad choice would you make? Now that you have seen both in ‘action’.
Would that be a ‘get the dope out’ campaign?
Still Biden. And promptly fall into a deep depression because out of 300 million people, the US has managed to front up only a man obviously in serious cognitive decline and a raging, delusional narcissist as presidential candidates.
I don’t know enough about US domestic politics to comment on that aspect of Trump’s presidency. But on foreign policy, whatever you might think of his personal oafishness, he got a lot of big calls right.
Pulling out of the Paris Agreement, cancelling the Iran nuclear deal, telling the European members of NATO to pay more for their own defence, telling Germany it was over-dependent on Russian gas, engaging with N Korea, facilitating deals between Israel and several of it’s Arab neighbours. Quite a lot to like there, especially when compared with Biden’s multiple foreign policy disasters.
If you compare Trump actual policies and achievents with not just Biden but Obama and Clinton and young Bush, he is way ahead.
Let’s remember as well that he called out China for various abuses.
And you fail to see that Biden might be a candidate because, supposedly sensible, people like you think he is better than Trump?
OK, Trump is boorish but his comments and actions on many big issues were correct.
Mass illigal immigration from South America?
Too much dependence on Russian energy by Europe?
Europe expecting USA to pay for their defence.
List is much longer…
US standing up for Ukraine and US economy doing well. As opposed to a perma-pouting TV chat show host who hero-worships his “genius” Putin.
It is not the person but what they represent that matters, so Trump wins hands down
This seems reasonable, not sure why you’re getting the downvotes
Because the downvoters don’t likely get their information solely from CNN or MSNBC, who constantly yammer on that Trump is the antichrist, and not what he actually stands for.
I don’t think he’s the antichrist, just a rather preposterous narcissist
Join the discussion
To join the discussion in the comments, become a paid subscriber.
Join like minded readers that support our journalism, read unlimited articles and enjoy other subscriber-only benefits.Subscribe