‘Hot Take’: The Elon Musk vs AOC ‘free speech’ debate has taken a new turn. Read here

Ever since new Twitter owner Elon Musk declared that a blue tick or verified status would cost $8 a month, US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and the CEO of Tesla have been at war with tweets. In a first tweet, AOC denounced the SpaceX CEO’s advocacy of “freedom of speech” with the fees collected for a verified Twitter account.

In her tweet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote, “Lmao at a billionaire seriously trying to sell people the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/month subscription plan.” To that, Musk had replied, “Comments appreciated, now pay $8.”

The wild encounter didn’t stop there.

AOC later took a screenshot of her profile notifications and claimed that her Twitter profile had been “blocked” since she “upset” Elon Musk.

“Yo @elonmusk while I have your attention, why should people pay $8 just to have their app blocked when they say something you don’t like? This is what my app has been like since my tweet upset you yesterday. What’s good? Doesn’t seem very free speech to me,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

avengers actor Mark Ruffalo entered the conversation at this point. He retweeted AOC’s tweet and asked Elon Musk to “get off Twitter” and “keep Tesla and SpaceX working”. “You’re destroying your credibility. It’s just not pretty,” Ruffalo wrote.

However, the microblogging platform’s new owner, Elon Musk, has now gotten the chance to address all of his critics on the social media platform.

Elon Musk is currently facing a backlash over his latest decision to charge Twitter users $8 a month to get a verified account. However, Musk makes sure to respond to every troll and criticism with an epic response.

Musk didn’t let the opportunity slip this time either. He immediately replied, “Hot take: not everything the AOC says is accurate.”

To that, Mark Ruffalo replied, “Maybe so. This is why having robust filters for misinformation/disinformation and credible verified users has been a popular feature for individuals and advertisers. We need these guarantees to make sure this is accurate information, otherwise the app loses its credibility, just like you. And people leave.”

Twitter’s paid blue tick verification service is set to roll out in India in “less than a month”, said the microblogging platform’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk.

Musk, the CEO of electric car maker Tesla Inc, completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter in late October, putting the world’s richest man at the helm of one of the most influential social media apps in the world.

He also fired the four main executives of the social media company, including CEO Parag Agrawal and legal director Vijaya Gadde.

Twitter then laid off the majority of its more than 200 employees in India in mass layoffs across the world ordered by Musk as he seeks to make the blockbuster acquisition work.

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