Elon Musk has attacked Twitter's legal director Vijaya Gadde and its legal director . The tech billionaire bought Twitter in a $44 billion deal last month .
NEW DELHI: Elon Musk, a free speech zealot, has shifted the dynamics of Twitter ahead of the major 2022 midterm elections in the United States, attacking Indian-origin CEO Parag Agrawal and its legal director Vijaya Gadde, who sought to make the website free of hate speech by banning former US President Donald Trump and other conservative voices.Musks ambition is getting more obvious as the midterm elections approach, with support from billionaire friends including former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison.According to a Washington Post review of hundreds of Twitter accounts, right-leaning accounts, including Republican members of Congress, have gained a lot of followers since the deal was announced last month, even as their Democratic counterparts' followings dropped.Since Musk's $44 billion Twitter agreement was announced on April 25, Fox News host Tucker Carlson's followers count increased by more than 230,000, or about 5 percent, to a whopping 5 percent increase.In less than three weeks, Rep. Jim Jordans (R-Ohio) followers on Twitter increased by more than 300,000.Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gained almost 250,000 followers in the same period, according to a Washington Post study released on Friday.Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) of the United States lost more than 8,500 followers in the same period.Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) also lost nearly 11,000 and 6,000 followers, respectively. The graphs show how Musks' leadership as a free expression absolutist could influence the social network's future.The Twitter takeover, right before the 2022 midterms, could reshape the national political discussion.It certainly reflects a little bit about Twitter's potential future.According to Darren Linvill, an associate professor at the Clemson University Media Forensics Hub in the United States, you're going to see a spike in conservative users. The conservatives are treating Musk's takeover as an invitation to return to the micro-blogging site.Take a look at Musks own number of followers in the last two days.Before the Twitter deal, Tesla CEO had about 83 million followers.He now has 93 million followers, a huge increase of ten million in less than 20 days! According to data compiled by The Verge from social media statistics website Social Blade, influential conservative accounts saw a jump in their follower counts in the span of two days since the deal was finalized, up to ten times the average daily rate for the month leading up to the purchase.On the other hand, mainstream liberal accounts saw a decline, losing hundreds of thousands of followers on April 25 and 26, after a month of gains.According to the report, the changes seem to be an organic reaction to the announcement of a Twitter takeover, with users either joining or leaving the site in anticipation of Musk's involvement.Musk first attacked Gadde, the person who called for a ban on Trump and a ban on political advertisements on the platform. Musk slammed her for suspending the New York Post's account.The Washington Post published an exclusive article about Hunter Bidens laptop in the run-up to the 2020 US presidential elections.Several outlets, at the time, cited the article as false, but it was later confirmed.Musk said in a tweet-reply that suspending a Twitter account of a major news organisation for posting a truthful story was evidently incredibly inappropriate. She had an emotional moment during a meeting with the legal and policy teams, when she expressed worry about the future.After firing consumer product leader Kayvon Beykpour and head of revenue product Bruce Falck to take the team in a new direction, a defiant Agrawal is now embroiled in a Twitter battle with Musk.He noted that no one at Twitter is doing anything to keep the lights on, adding that a lot has happened in the last few weeks.I've been focusing on the company and haven't spoken much about it at this point, but I will now, he said in a tweet thread. I'm responsible for managing and supporting Twitter, and my job is to improve Twitter's search engine.The days ahead for Twitter are numbered, as conservatives return to the micro-blogging platform in the hopes that Musk will give Trump America another chance to push its agenda on the most popular social media platform to reshape political opinions.Agrawal and his crew face a real, tough battle after Musk began counting fake and spammy accounts on Twitter after temporarily putting the $44 billion deal on hold.