Shaun King’s Twitter account disappears after a liberal writer claims the Musk takeover is ‘about white power’

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Liberal author Shaun King appears to have left Twitter following his complaint that Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s purchase of the social media platform was “about white power.”

Users who go to King’s profile on the platform, @shaunkingnow receive the message “This account does not exist. Try searching for another.”

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The account disappeared hours after King lamented Musk’s purchase of the platform on Monday.

“Basically, @ElonMusk, who wants to buy Twitter, is not about left to right,” King had written on the platform. “It’s about white power.”

“The man was brought up in Apartheid by a white nationalist,” King argued. “He’s sorry that Twitter will not allow white nationalists to target / harass people. That is his definition of free speech.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Photo by Patrick Pleul / photo alliance via Getty Images)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Photo by Patrick Pleul / photo alliance via Getty Images)
(Photo by Patrick Pleul / photo alliance via Getty Images)

After the Twitter board accepted Musk’s offer to buy the company for $ 44 billion on Monday, Musk issued a statement on Twitter.

“Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital urban space where issues crucial to the future of humanity are discussed,” Musk said. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeat spambots and authenticate all people.”

“Twitter has enormous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it,” Musk added.

As for critics like King, Musk tweeted: “I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter, because that’s what freedom of speech means.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 4: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Shaun King visits SiriusXM Studios on September 4, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Steven Ferdman / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 4: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Shaun King visits SiriusXM Studios on September 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman / Getty Images)
(Photo by Steven Ferdman / Getty Images)

Former Twitter boss Jack Dorsey celebrated Musk’s acquisition.

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“Basically, I do not think anyone should own or operate Twitter,” Dorsey wrote on Twitter. “It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Elon solves the problem of being a company, but Elon is the unique solution I trust. I trust his mission to expand the light of consciousness.”

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