The Internet Reacts To Elon Musk Buying Twitter For $44 Billion, And As Always, They Brought The Jokes

Whilp, it’s finally happened.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, not to mention the richest man in the world with a net worth of $264.6 billion, is now the owner of Twitter.

He bought the social media platform for a staggering $44 billion, initiating a hostile takeover with a tender offer that even Twitter couldn’t turn down.

The effort recently came to attention when Musk became one of Twitter’s largest shareholders less than a month ago, and the was offered (but turned down) a seat on its board, and proceeded to make a bid on the company.

According to CNN, Twitter independent board chair Bret Taylor said in a statement:

“The Twitter board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon’s proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing.”

Musk said on Twitter last night:

“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”

He gave his reasoning behind making the bid in an offer letter to Twitter:

“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.

However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter need to be transformed as a private company.”

Needless to say, the move drew a plethora of comments from the Twitterverse:

https://twitter.com/MK5678456/status/1518680692154109955

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