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Elon Musk Tweets Cryptic Message Appearing to Threaten Reputation of ‘Legacy Media’: ‘Only Just Begun’

December 29, 2022 | Kali Girl

Twitter CEO Elon Musk issued a warning to “legacy media” in a tweet on Wednesday, seemingly in response to a segment on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in which Axios business reporter Hope King discussed the impact of Musk’s reputation on Twitter on the performance of his other companies, particularly Tesla. The electric car maker’s stock has seen a decline since Musk’s October 27 takeover of the social media platform, reports Daily Caller.

“The legacy media should worry about its reputation. We have only just begun,” Musk replied.

Musk has continued to clash with corporate media since his $44 billion purchase of Twitter in April. His most recent spat with journalists came when he suspended the accounts of eight reporters for “doxxing” the location of his private jet in December. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post criticized the move, with the latter stating it “directly undermines” Musk’s efforts to promote free speech on the platform.

In response, Musk launched “Twitter Files,” a collection of information regarding Twitter’s suppression of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story in October 2020. Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, Lee Fang and Michael Shellenberger are among the journalists who have released threads detailing the FBI’s communication with and financial involvement in Twitter, as well as the social media company’s treatment of prominent conservatives.

In a statement on December 20, the FBI alleged that the “Twitter Files” are an attempt to discredit the agency. 

“The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show nothing more than examples of our traditional, longstanding and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements, which involve numerous companies over multiple sectors and industries. As evidenced in the correspondence, the FBI provides critical information to the private sector in an effort to allow them to protect themselves and their customers. The men and women of the FBI work every day to protect the American public,” the statement began.

“It is unfortunate that conspiracy theorists and others are feeding the American public misinformation with the sole purpose of attempting to discredit the agency,” the statement concluded.

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