Fox News contributor Caitlyn Jenner on Thursday expressed her support for Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover bid in hopes that Tesla and the SpaceX boss will save the social media giant from its “awake” employees.
On Wednesday, Musk – which last week bought a 9.2% stake in the company to become its largest shareholder – offered to buy the rest of Twitter for $ 54.20 per share, or $ 43 billion in total. In a letter to Twitter chairman Bret Taylor, he expressed a desire to take the company privately to “unlock” its “extraordinary potential.”
“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for freedom of expression across the globe, and I believe that freedom of expression is a societal necessity for a functioning democracy,” Musk wrote. “But since I made my investment, I now realize that the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.”
During an appearance on Fox News’ “America Reports,” Jenner said she approved Musk’s takeover bid and praised his anti-censorship stance. Although she “loves” Twitter and has been using it “for years”, she said the company has recently fallen victim to vigilance.
“That’s how I look at it,” she said. “Right now, social media and so many big companies have been captured by their employees – these awakened employees, and this awakened movement we have out there.”
She continued: “Twitter does exactly the same thing. There’s this awake mentality with their employees. Instead of doing what’s right for the company, they do what they think is right for society and right for their employees. And that kills these companies. ”
Jenner then claimed she had been “shadow forbidden” from the platform, meaning that content she posted was deliberately hidden from other users without her knowledge. Twitter has listed several times that it does not shadow bans despite accusations from conservatives.
“[Two weeks ago] I joined Fox News and guess what happened? I got shadow banned on Twitter. My engagements dropped dramatically. And I was completely shocked, ”Jenner said.
“So I hope Elon Musk comes in here and changes this because these awakened companies are not going to survive, I do not think, in the future.”
The billionaire’s CEO has been a longtime critic of Twitter, especially its moderation of violent and misinformative content. Twitter incited conservatives when Donald Trump was banned indefinitely from the platform early last year, and has continued to spark outrage by branding false information about COVID, the January 6 uprising and the 2020 election.
Twitter sees these practices as a signal of “actors with bad faith.”
When co-anchor Gillian Turner pointed out that algorithms, not individuals, monitor content moderation, Jenner reiterated his message of free speech.
“We no longer get open debate on Twitter – that’s what they think is politically correct,” she said. “And it has to stop, because I do not think we can grow as a nation and grow in ideas when we are completely censored by Big Tech. And that must stop.”