Elon Musk just became Twitter’s biggest shareholder: Watch them sweat!

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has reportedly purchased around 73.4 million common shares of the social media platform Twitter, which appears to make him the company’s biggest shareholder.

“Tesla CEO Elon Musk has acquired a 9.2% stake in Twitter, the social media giant disclosed in an SEC filing on Monday, a move that comes weeks after the billionaire accused Twitter of failing to adhere to free speech principles,” Forbes reported early Monday.

The visionary and sometimes quirky entrepreneur polled his nearly 80 million followers on Twitter last week about free speech on the platform.

“Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy,” Musk tweeted. “Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?” Then he followed this up with “The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.”

With about two million responses, 70 percent voted no to his question.

He followed up on Saturday, asking if a new platform was needed.

“Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?,” he asked. “Is a new platform needed?

The tweet prompted an avalanche of responses beseeching Musk to just buy Twitter instead.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the breaking story from Twitter:


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