Chris Hayes worries his “worst fears” have come true since Elon Musk took over Twitter

In a guest article in The New York Times, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes claimed that “in less than a month” all of his “worst fears” regarding how Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk would operate his new social media platform had been realized.

Hayes has claimed that Musk has “summoned some of the worst trolls” on Twitter, and has scared off advertisers and cut employees who handle the platforms’ core functionality.

Hayes also expressed concern that under Musk the platform might “crack down and completely stop working.”

Hayes began his guest post by describing Musk’s handling of Twitter as a “near-death experience,” if not quite the end of it. He wrote, “If Twitter survives — and I fervently hope it does — then its near-death experiment has revealed something central to our online lives: the digital spaces of civic life, the ‘public city square’ as Mr. Musk considered Twitter, privatized to our collective detriment.” .

He criticized the world’s richest man for taking the company private against the wishes of its former owner, Jack Dorsey. “Before Mr. Musk bought Twitter, its co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey said of the platform that no one should own,” he said, that it “wants to be a public good at the protocol level.”

He continued by praising Twitter before Musk as “an arena where there was something similar to the global conversation.” “It approached implementation based on the basic vision of what a global city square could look like,” he added.

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Hayes described Musk’s acquisition of Twitter as an “impulse buy”.
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He continued, “That’s why there was so much concern when Mr. Musk bought the site: No one man should have all that power.”

Hayes then delivered a blistering condemnation of Musk’s handling of the platform. He wrote: “In less than a month, almost all of my worst fears have come to light.” He said: “It has summoned some of the worst trolls, sent advertisers fleeing in droves, and cut staff so drastically that simple functions like two-factor authentication have sometimes stopped working, and there is a danger that it will simply break down and stop working altogether.”

Hayes then gave a dismissive description of why Musk bought the platform, writing: “Mr. Musk bought Twitter because he’s a Twitter addict, more specifically, a severe internet attention addict.”

Hayes continued to denigrate the billionaire, saying, “This is someone who has millions of followers and is so deep in his responses and mentions, he obviously spends an inordinate amount of time looking at what people are saying about him.”

He added, “I can tell you from experience that this is a path to madness – although it is one that the design of Twitter and other social networks gently guide you down.”

Hayes claimed that after Musk’s purchase, “the site felt like a family saying goodbye to a beloved but very problematic uncle.” He also accused Musk of “making the most expensive impulse purchase in human history.”

“It’s convenient, in its own messy way,” he declared.

He concluded his article on a negative note, “The most successful capitalist in the world has made, by one measure at least, the most defining case of the rejection of private property of the public sphere that we have seen in a very long time.” He then mocked Musk, using his own phrase: “Let that sink in.”

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