The first time a major social media CEO overtly took a side was when Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk pushed Americans to elect a Republican Congress in the US midterm elections to balance out Democrats.
On Monday, Musk tweeted to his more than 110 million followers, “Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, and therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic.”
According to US media, Republicans are expected to win a majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s elections, while neutral election experts have given the Senate a toss-up rating. Both houses are now led by Democrats.
In a later statement, Musk said, “I’m open to the idea of voting Democrat again in the future,” adding that he had previously voted for Democrats as an independent.
The Biden administration and Democrats have come under fire from Musk for their plans to tax millionaires and offer additional tax breaks for union-made electric autos. At its American operations, Tesla does not have unions.
Republicans could derail Biden’s agenda and begin probes into his family and administration using a majority in either house to their advantage.
Musk stated on Twitter in April that he thinks the company “must be politically impartial to merit the public’s trust.”
On Twitter in April, Musk expressed his opinion that the site “must be politically impartial to merit the public’s trust.”
According to a court declaration made last month by the company, federal authorities are looking into Musk’s activities when he bought Twitter. On any potential investigations, neither the Federal Trade Commission nor the US Securities and Exchange Commission has made any comments.