Jeff Bezos Warns of China 'Influence' after Musk's Twitter Purchase, Forgets One Fact
Amazon founder torched after Twitter
Jeff Bezos suggested China may gain influence after Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase for $45 billion on Monday.
But his remarks come against the fact he owned the far-left Washington Post, which China pays millions to promote propaganda content.'
Amazon founder and executive chairman Jeff Bezos raised the specter of possible Chinese influence Monday, after Tesla founder and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion earlier in the day.
Bezos responded to a tweet from New York Times reporter Mike Forsythe, outlining the links between China and Musk (reportedly the World’s Richest Man).
Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square? https://t.co/jTiEnabP6T— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 25, 2022
Bezos seems to have disregarded the fact that his far-left rag gets paid millions by the Chinese Communists to publish its propaganda.
Bezos was torched in the comments too.
This you, Jeff? https://t.co/1tGQIF7tga— Jackson Richman (@jacksonrichman) April 26, 2022
And not surprisingly, there’s plenty of projection involved: Amazon Deleted Reviews of Chinese President’s Book Per CCP’s Demand.
UPDATE: China Daily paid US papers $19 million in advertising, printing. “China Daily, which is a Chinese state-owned English-language newspaper, is required by U.S. law to disclose its business dealings with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), according to a report by Freedom House. The Chinese paper’s most recent filings were submitted on June 1 and included expenses from November 2016 to April 2020, the Daily Caller reported. The Justice Department records show that China Daily has paid the Washington Post over $4.6 million and The Wall Street Journal almost $6 million in advertising expenses over the past four years. According to the records, the state-run media outlet also paid The New York Times $50,000, Foreign Policy $240,000, The Des Moines Register $34,600, and CQ-Roll Call $76,000 for ads.” (Emphasis mine.)
Musk said during a TED Talk earlier this month that Twitter needed to make its algorithm open sourced and that any action the company takes against tweets needs to be thoroughly explained to the public to stop “behind the scenes manipulation” on the platform by the company.
According to Musk, Twitter’s secret algorithms, which he said promote some tweets while not promoting others, can be “quite dangerous.”
Musk said when it comes to judging whether tweets should be taken down due to the nature of the content in the tweet, the policy should be: if in doubt, let the tweet exist.
Musk has also floated the idea of having an edit button added for users.
Musk sparked some controversy on Tuesday with a pair of tweets, one offering a “good” metric for determining if a social media company’s policies were effective and another asking who is behind “shadowy” censorship and de-platforming on the internet.