Trevor Noah Slams Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover

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| LAST UPDATE 11/04/2022

By Zuzanna Krause
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The headlines about Elon Musk's Twitter takeover just continue! Trevor Noah is the latest of the bunch who has expressed his fears over the Tesla King being in charge of one of the biggest social media platforms in the entire world. In a recent episode of The Daily Show, Noah addressed Musk's recent desire to launch a new version of Twitter Blue - and well, he had a whole lot to say about it.

The acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk began a few months ago and officially came to a close last week. The billionaire copped the social media platform for a cool $44 billion, with the plan to make the social media platform a more "freewheeling place for all types of commentary." Musk describes himself as a "free-speech absolutist," which worries users over those who plan to use the platform to spew negative and hate speech. And unfortunately, under his reign, the platform has reportedly seen the use of the n-word on Twitter increase by 500%. 

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During Noah's Daily Show monologue, the talk show host addressed the automatic rise in hate speech seen on the platform, in addition to the new owner's plan to launch an updated version of Twitter Blue. Musk's plan is to give verified users 90 days to sign up for a $20 plan to keep their blue check mark. However, author Stephen King quickly snapped back at the idea, tweeting, "F*** that, they should pay me," which resulted in the new $8 subscription. Trevor Noah quickly pointed out that Musk's desire to own Twitter was to "make sure that it became a haven for free speech," but he is charging to do so. He also pointed out that people have never "really held back on Twitter" in the first place.

In addition to shading the "eight-dollar-a-month thing," Noah suggested that Musk should not charge people for blue checkmarks but instead "charge white people" who spew hate speech. "Twitter will be the most profitable company in history. Racists are gonna be taking out loans," he joked. Due to the sudden rise of inappropriate language used on the platform, Musk tweeted that he met with certain organizations to discuss ways to "continue to combat hate [and] harassment on Twitter," although there is no "clear process" of handling it yet. Stay tuned... 

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