Elon Musk says he’s being forced to get political ‘for future of civilization’

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    Elon Musk has said he's being forced to get political "for the future of civilization".

    Yesterday (Sunday, December 11) the Twitter CEO took to the social media platform he owns to respond to criticism accusing him of getting "too political".

    A tweet to Musk read: "I think @elonmusk getting too political is a mistake."

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    Musk wrote back: "Must be done for the future of civilization, without which nothing matters."

    His reply seemed to satisfy the poster of the original tweet, who wrote back: "Thank you for all you do."

    The world's richest man has waded in on a number of political issues since his $44billion (£36bn) takeover of Twitter.

    Yesterday for example, he shared a meme showing President Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci, Biden's Chief Medical Advisor, superimposed into a scene from The Lord of the Rings.

    "Just one more lockdown, my King…," was the caption, with Musk seemingly taking a swipe at Covid-19 measures in America.

    Two days before that (Friday, December 9) he tweeted in support of US Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who recently announced she was leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an independent.

    Sinema was criticised by the likes of Bernie Sanders, who claimed she had "helped sabotage" important legislation.

    Musk wrote: "Good for @SenatorSinema! I hope more of our elected leaders act independently, aka in the interests of the people.

    "Something I always admired about American legislators, at least historically, was that they would sometimes vote against the party line."

    He also reinstated Donald Trump's Twitter account, although the former US President is yet to return to Twitter.

    Reacting to Musk's assertion that he "must" get political, former US ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands tweeted: "Thank you for working to save civilization. Without freedom of speech, we will lose modern civilization. You invested your treasure for our children."

    Radio producer Heather Hunter said: "I actually worried about this too but it would seem previous execs at Twitter were the first ones to be political in their censorship and Elon is just cleaning up the corruption to make it a truly free speech format."

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