※ Twitter stuff

EMu is not nearly as smart as his PR makes him out to be:

“It is all going to get so much dumber,” I wrote yesterday, about Elon Musk’s efforts to get out of his deal to buy Twitter Inc. by complaining about bots. Seventy-three minutes later, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted this:

Today I’m investigating Twitter for potentially misleading Texans on the number of its “bot” users. I have a duty to protect Texans if Twitter is misrepresenting how many accounts are fake to drive up their revenue.

The press release is … so dumb

(Via Matt Levine at Money Stuff)

Remember, EMu chose to not do the due diligence he was free to do before committing to buying Twitter. And …

To be clear, Twitter has claimed that bots are fewer than 5% of “monetizable daily active users” (not “all users”) for eight years, and the “intense scrutiny in recent weeks” consists entirely of Elon Musk claiming, with no evidence, that there are a lot of bots because he regrets agreeing to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share just before a market crash. This is a regulatory investigation entirely for the purposes of trolling: Paxton is harassing Twitter because (1) Musk moved to Texas, (2) Musk announced, like two weeks ago, that he’s a Republican, (3) Musk has a passionate fan base on Twitter, and (4) Musk is trying to rile up that fan base against Twitter by complaining about bots. So Paxton is happy to hitch himself to that: If he harasses Twitter on Musk’s behalf, he will endear himself to Musk’s fans online, which seems valuable for an elected official though not, of course, for his constituents, or for the rule of law. The fact that this is all completely fake is beside the point, as is the fact that Paxton himself is currently under indictment for felony securities fraud. This all seems bad! I don’t know what to tell you! This is not how one wants one’s democracy to be going! 

Regardless of what happens with EMu and Twitter, and I expect that it will be a roller coaster, one cannot help but think about how this misadventure will sour institutions to working with this … I don’t know, person? He jerked investors around with Tesla. News outlets can’t help themselves but post that gawdawful picture of EMu and real world evil Sauron PeTh in front of a CRT display.

Where will Texas AG Paxton find time to fight EMu’s battles when he’s so busy getting into bedrooms and dining rooms and doctor’s offices (but not personal armories) where he thinks the government should be?

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