Elon Musk is a paragon of humanity, a true champion for the masses.
At least, that’s what he says in a new letter he released to explain to Twitter advertisers why he decided to purchase the social media platform for $44B.
Musk entered headquarters in San Francisco Wednesday carrying a sink (“let that sink in”) and is expected to take control of the company by Friday.
In the letter to advertisers sent Thursday, Musk elucidated on his plans for the platform:
“There has been much speculation about why I bought Twitter and what I think about advertising. Most of it has been wrong.
“The reason I acquired Twitter is that it is important for the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence.” The letter continues, “There is currently a great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left-wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society.”
Musk adds, “That is why I bought Twitter. I didn’t do it to make more money. I did it to try to help humanity, whom I love. And I do so with humility, recognizing that failure in pursuing this goal, despite our best efforts, is a very real possibility.”
He does comfort users worried about his reign as head of Twitter, saying, “That said, Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences. In addition to adhering to the laws of the land, our platform must be warm and welcoming to all, where you can choose your desired experience according to your preferences, just as you can choose, for example, to see movies or play video games ranging from all ages to mature.”
He concluded, “Let us build something extraordinary together.”