Actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted that Elon Musk is “destroying (his) trust” following the tech mogul’s online spat with Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, prompting Twitter’s new owner to slap the Hulk star.
New York Post reports that on Saturday, the 54-year-old actor appeared to agree with Ocasio-Cortez, who has been open about disagreeing with Musk’s proposed $8 a month fee to be tested and charged for other special features.
“Lmao on a billionaire genuinely trying to convince people that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8 a month subscription plan,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Wednesday.
Musk replied, “Your feedback is valuable, now pay $8.”
The next day, a New York Democrat accused Musk of blocking her account after she said something he disagreed with, noting, “What’s good? I don’t think it’s very eloquent.”
Activist actor Ruffalo then retweeted Ocasio-Cortez, writing, “Elon. Please, for the sake of decency, shut down Twitter, hand over the keys to whoever is doing this as a real job, and keep running Tesla and SpaceX.
“You undermine your credibility. It’s just ugly,” the actor snapped.
Musk snidely responded to Ruffalo on Saturday: “Hot look: not everything AOC says is accurate.”
The Hulk actor replied, “Maybe so.”
“That’s why having reliable filters for misinformation and reliable verified users has become a popular feature for people and advertisers alike. We need these security measures to make sure this information is accurate or else the app will lose trust just like you. And people leave, ”the actor added.
The ongoing spat between Musk and Ocasio-Cortez resumed just days before Musk decided Friday to fire half of Twitter’s staff.
The now private company could lose $700 million in 2023 if Musk doesn’t make cuts.
On Saturday, Twitter began rolling out a controversial new paid subscription system that Musk ordered employees to create after taking office last week.
Days after the Tesla boss took over one of the world’s leading platforms for discussion and activism, his promises and provocations are sparking a wave of backlash, including warnings from the United Nations and an apology from the co-founder of Twitter.
His plan to eliminate content moderation on the site is so worrisome that UN human rights chief Volker Türk on Saturday urged him to make respect for human rights the centerpiece of the social network.
“Twitter has an obligation to avoid sharing content that harms people’s rights,” Turk said in his open letter.
Reports that Musk fired the entire human rights platform team “wasn’t an encouraging start from my point of view,” he said.
Jack Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006 and stepped down as CEO last year, tweeted to apologize for expanding the site too quickly the day after roughly half of the company’s 7,500 employees were fired by Musk.
“I understand that many people are angry with me,” he wrote.
The rest of the employees are witnessing a revolution in the culture of their company. Back last Friday, Musk launched his first flagship project, a redesign of the Twitter Blue subscription option.
He reportedly told his team that the redesign had to be ready for potential activation by November 7 — the day before the US midterm elections — or their jobs would be on the line.
This article originally appeared on New York Post and reproduced with permission
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