Elon Musk, the world's wealthiest man, has become the target of left-wing organizations following his announcement of plans to buy out Twitter in order to foster free speech on the platform.
The article, which was shared by Musk, revealed that “George Soros, Clinton and Obama staffers, and European governments are behind anti-Musk campaign” that urged big corporations to boycott Twitter after Musk's acquisition.
The organizations sent the letter to big brands including Coca-Cola, Apple, Kraft, and Disney, asking them to pull their advertising spending from Twitter if Musk fails to follow specific rules. These rules include maintaining a ban on public figures and politicians who were removed from the platform.
The Black Lives Matter Network Foundation, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Women's March, Media Matters for America, and GLAAD were among the organizations.
According to the letter, the entities warned that “as top advertisers on Twitter, your brand risks association with a platform amplifying hate, extremism, health misinformation, and conspiracy theorists.”
Twitter risks devolving into “a cesspool of misinformation” under Musk's leadership, they stated.
The Daily Mail article claimed that "'dark money groups' like Soros's Open Society Foundations; NGOs founded by former Clinton and Obama administration staffers; wealthy Democrat donors and their family foundations; labor unions; and the governments of European nations" are backing these organizations.
SponsorsAmong the signatories of the letter is Access Now, a nonprofit organization created in 2009 with the purpose of defending and expanding people's digital civil rights throughout the world. The group, on its website, is opposed to Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.
The German Federal Foreign Office, Sweden's government agency Sida, Global Affairs Canada, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs were among the biggest donors to the organization last year.
Soros's Open Society Foundations is also a major donor of the group.
Gill founded Accountable Tech in May 2020 along with Jesse Lehrich, who is a former spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Lehrich is also the nephew of David Axelrod, former senior adviser of President Barack Obama, according to the Daily Mail article.
“Social media giants are eroding our consensus reality and pushing democracy to the brink,” the organization states on its website. “Accountable Tech is fighting back.”
According to the Daily Mail article, the group is backed by several labor unions, including AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers, as well as, numerous family foundations, such as the NoVo Foundation established by billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son.
Access Now, Accountable Tech, Media Matters for America, and UltraViolet didn't respond by press time to requests by The Epoch Times for comment.
Critics are concerned that Musk would allow hate speech and harmful disinformation to flourish on the social media platform. Musk, however, questions whether sponsors who fund these groups are entirely aware of what they're doing.
"However, I should emphasize that the right will almost certainly be upset as well," Musk said in his tweet. "My objective is to maximize the area under the curve of overall human pleasure, which corresponds to the 80% of individuals who fall somewhere in the center."