Washington Post's Max Boot frets Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover bid is a threat to ‘democracy’

After tweeting earlier he was “frightened” at the prospect, Boot doubled down in a Thursday column decrying Musk’s offer to buy the social media company for more than $ 43 billion and defending himself for believing that the billionaire shouldn’t have a hand on Twitter because he “engages in online bullying and traffics hyperbole.”

“Anyone who thinks the problem with social media is too much content moderation, rather than too little, should not own one of the most powerful platforms online,” he wrote.

Boot said Musk, who seeks to end censorship on Twitter, will not bring “badly needed reform” that the columnist believes needs to occur on the platform and that ultimately Musk’s takeover bid will pose a threat to “our embattled democracy.”

The column began with an explanation of Boot’s earlier anti-Musk tweet, which was met with derision from “an online flash mob” of Twitter users. 

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Boot’s tweet read, “I am frightened by the impact on society and politics if Elon Musk acquires Twitter. He seems to believe that on social media anything goes. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.”

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: Elon Musk, founder and chief engineer of SpaceX speaks at the 2020 Satellite Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. Musk answered a range of questions relating to SpaceX projects during his appearance at the conference. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 09: Elon Musk, founder and chief engineer of SpaceX speaks at the 2020 Satellite Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. Musk answered a range of questions relating to SpaceX projects during his appearance at the conference. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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