‘Elon Musk Reaches Agreement to Buy Twitter’


Voice of America reported the following:

Elon Musk Reaches Agreement to Buy Twitter

April 25, 2022

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reached an agreement Monday to buy Twitter for $44 billion cash.

The sale will transform the social media giant from a publicly traded company to a privately held one, owned solely by Musk, the world’s richest person.

Discussions over the deal accelerated after Musk unveiled a financing package last week to back the acquisition.

Twitter shares were up more than 5% in trading Monday afternoon.

Musk, who is also CEO of rocket developer SpaceX, has said Twitter needs to become a private company so that it can realize its potential for free speech. He has described himself as a “free-speech absolutist.”

The businessman, who is a prolific tweeter with more than 83 million followers, tweeted Monday, “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said in a tweet Monday, “Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world.”

“Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by the work that has never been more important,” he added.

Musk has proposed relaxing Twitter’s content restrictions, which could include rules that suspended former President Donald Trump’s account.

Earlier Monday, Republicans cheered news that Musk was close to reaching a deal with Twitter.

“Hey, @elonmusk it’s a great week to free @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted the House Republican Conference.

Twitter banned Trump’s account after the U.S. Capitol was stormed on Jan. 6, 2021, citing a risk of more violence.

Musk is the world’s richest person according to Forbes magazine, with a nearly $279 billion fortune. https://www.voanews.com/a/twitter-s-board-negotiates-with-elon-musk-over-bid-to-buy-platform/6544306.html

Many ‘conservatives’ are cheering this, while many on the left have stated that this is essentially horrible.

World Net Daily (a Protestant news source) posted the following:

April 25, 2022

Twitter … The Big Tech giant – which notoriously censored the New York Post’s blockbuster stories on Biden family influence peddling in China, Russia and other nations – has banned the likes of former President Trump, Dr. Robert Malone and other notable figures whose tweets violated the establishment narrative on issues such as the 2020 election and COVID-19.

Just three days ago, on Earth Day, the pre-Elon Musk Twitter announced its latest crackdown on scientific debate in a company blog post: “Misleading advertisements on Twitter that contradict the scientific consensus on climate change are prohibited, in line with our inappropriate content policy.”

After purchasing a 9.2% stake in Twitter on April 4, Musk reached out to Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee, to confirm that the conservative satire site’s account had been suspended for “hateful conduct.”

Dillon said that just before Musk polled his followers about Twitter’s commitment to free speech, the billionaire wanted to confirm that The Babylon Bee had been suspended.

“He even mused on that call that he might need to buy Twitter,” Dillon said. …

‘One man could not change a culture’
Meanwhile, left-leaning journalist Aaron Rupar expressed the fears of many Twitter users – including former President Obama – who believe robust exchanges of competing ideas should be shut down in order to protect people from “misinformation.”

Rupar wrote that his “thoughts go out to people i know who are working for Twitter because, yikes.”

Twitter employees, according to the Washington Post, have “expressed concern that their workplaces might suffer under the leadership of the incendiary tech mogul, as well as exhaustion over the company’s uncertain future.” https://www.wnd.com/2022/04/report-elon-musk-nearing-43-billion-deal-buy-twitter/

Twitter is a ‘social media company.’  As such, no matter what Elon Musk may hope for, he and his Twitter company look to be subject to European Union laws, which have massive financial penalties if social media companies do not quickly remove content that the EU thinks they should know to remove.

The EU wants to make the penalty so severe that social media companies will have to censor a lot to reduce the chances of fines. Notice something related to the broadness of the Act and another related to the financial penalties:

April 25, 2022

The European Union reached an agreement Friday on what it calls the Digital Services Act (DSA), a proposal meant to “protect” online users from what it deems harmful content. The DSA was first proposed in 2020 and “sets out an unprecedented new standard for the accountability of online platforms regarding illegal and harmful content,” according to the European Commission. …

Under the new law, the EU would require tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., to take down content that the EU considers illegal, such as terrorist threats or the loosely defined concept of “hate speech,” which the EU defines as “the public incitement to violence or hatred on the basis of certain characteristics, including race, colour, religion, descent and national or ethnic origin.”

It doesn’t end there, though. The EU also considers comments against a person’s “sexual orientation, gender identity and disability,” as hate speech as well.

The DSA would also ban ads that target minors and also ads targeted at consumers based on their gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. The law would also require companies to do an annual risk assessment of their online content. https://thenewamerican.com/eu-looks-to-crack-down-on-hate-speech-and-harmful-content-on-social-media/

  • The European Parliament and EU member states reached a deal early Saturday on the Digital Services Act.
  • The DSA is a landmark piece of legislation. It will require Big Tech firms to quickly rid their platforms of illegal content.

Failure to comply with the rules may result in fines of up to 6% of companies’ global annual revenues. For a company like Meta, the parent company of Facebook, that could mean a penalty as high as $7 billion based on 2021 sales figures.

The law is now subject to formal approval by EU institutions. It’s expected to come into force as early as 2024. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/22/digital-services-act-eu-agrees-new-rules-for-tackling-illegal-content.html

The Digital Services Act will negatively impact Twitter. For more on the Digital Services Act, check out the following: IL: Censor The Internet Act: EU Agrees to Expand Online Censorship With ‘Digital Services Act’.

The stark reality is that the USA does not have as much influence in the internet world as it used to and the Europeans have decided they should have more.

Furthermore, despite the first amendment to the Constitution of the USA, many politicians are in favor of censorship. Many consider expressing biblical views on aspects of morality as ‘hate speech’ and want that limited.

Related to some of that, the Continuing Church of God (CCOG) put together the following video on our Bible News Prophecy YouTube channel:


Biden-Harris & Hate Speech

Joe Biden has stated he would create a task force to deal with online threats and extremism. What does the first amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, to the US Constitution say? Is the Biden-Harris team committed to “advance LGBTQ+ equality in America”? Has the Biden-Harris campaign posted that giving more religious freedom is “hate against LGBTQ+ individuals”? What is the so-called “Equality Act” all about? Could Kamala Harris be more strident about this than even Joe Biden? Has the Biden-Harris teams appointed Richard Stengel to help deal with speech and communications and has Stengel called for the elimination of more aspects of free speech? Might he consider it wrong to quote scriptures that might be considered as “insults” by those opposed to biblical sexual morality? What about Canada’s position on some of this? Are various ones in governmental positions suggesting banning at least parts of the Bible (including those that show homosexuals can change)? Is believing the New Testament considered to be a bigger problem of prejudice than racial views? Does Big Tech (like YouTube) rely more on their ‘community standards” instead of the Bible? Is a famine of the word coming according to Amos and might that involve the internet? Should we call out sins, but be wise as to how, when, and where according to scripture? Where will the fake news ultimately lead to per 1 Thessalonians 5:2? Are Harris-Biden views promoting hate against those who hold to aspects of biblical morality?

Here is a link to the video: Biden-Harris & Hate Speech.

We also put out  the following video on our Bible News Prophecy YouTube channel:

The 117th US Congress had an opening prayer by Protestant pastor and Missouri Democratic representative Emanuel Cleaver in which he prayed to the Hindu deity Brahma and ended with the words amen and a-woman. Does “amen” have to do with gender? The next day the US House of Representatives adopted a proposal forbidding the use of gendered terms in rules documents. The changes mean that the rules document will use language such as “parent,” “child,” and “sibling” instead of “mother,” “father,” “son,” daughter,” “brother,” and “sister.” It will also replace “chairman” with “chair,” “seamen” with “seafarers,” and “himself” and “herself” with “themself.” Some Democrats, such as Tulsi Gabbard have objected to this as hypocritical, against science, and against truth. The Bible itself uses a lot of “gendered language.” It also teaches woes to “those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20). The direction that the USA is going is consistent with the view that the USA will not last two full presidential terms. Dr. Thiel goes over several scriptures to point out the errors of some of the word positions of the 117th US Congress.

Here is a link to the video: 117th US Congress and Gendered Words.

While Satan wants to suppress biblical truths, and having more open forums can be helpful, such will not remain.

A ‘famine of the word’ is coming (Amos 8:11-12).

So, is more censoring and physical persecution (see also Persecutions by Church and State).

Elon Musk spending $44 billion will not prevent that.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Preparing for the ‘Short Work’ and The Famine of the Word What is the ‘short work’ of Romans 9:28? Who is preparing for it? Will Philadelphian Christians instruct many in the end times? Here is a link to a related video sermon titled: The Short Work. Here is a link to another: Preparing to Instruct Many.
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe? Here is a link to a video titled: Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?
European Technology and the Beast of Revelation Will the coming European Beast power would use and develop technology that will result in the taking over of the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies? Is this possible? What does the Bible teach? Here is a related YouTube video: Military Technology and the Beast of Revelation.
Preparing for the ‘Short Work’ and The Famine of the Word What is the ‘short work’ of Romans 9:28? Who is preparing for it? Here is a link to a related video sermon titled: The Short Work.
Internet Censorship and Prophecy Are concerns about internet censorship limited to nations such as Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. But what about the USA, Canada, and Germany? What about the European Union? What about internet media companies such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, or email services like MailChimp? Has the attempt to control information been made by various ones over the centuries? Was the New Testament affected by it? What about the church throughout the centuries? Has the Bible already been partially censored? Which Bible prophecies point to coming Internet censorship? What about the Book of Amos? What about the coming 666 Beast and final Antichrist? Is there anything that can be done about this? Should Philadelphian Christians be working on anything now? Will preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God vs. a highly media-supported alternative lead to a ‘famine of the word’? More internet censorship is coming as various statements in the Bible support.
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States? In the Spanish language check out ¿Quién es el Rey del Norte? Here are links to two related videos: The King of the North is Alive: What to Look Out For and The Future King of the North.
The Great Monarch: Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Is the ‘Great Monarch’ of Catholic prophecies endorsed or condemned by the Bible? Two sermons of related interest are also available: Great Monarch: Messiah or False Christ? and Great Monarch in 50+ Beast Prophecies.
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe? Here is a link to a video titled: Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?
European Technology and the Beast of Revelation Will the coming European Beast power would use and develop technology that will result in the taking over of the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies? Is this possible? What does the Bible teach? Here is a related YouTube video: Military Technology and the Beast of Revelation.
Persecutions by Church and State This article documents some that have occurred against those associated with the COGs and some prophesied to occur. Will those with the cross be the persecutors or the persecuted–this article has the shocking answer. There is also a YouTube video sermon you can watch: The Coming Persecution of the Church. Here is information in the Spanish language: Persecuciones de la Iglesia y el Estado.
Orwell’s 1984 by 2024? In 1949, the late George Orwell wrote a disturbing book about a totalitarian government called “nineteen-eighty four.” Despite laws that are supposed to protect freedom of speech and religion, we are seeing governments taking steps consistent with those that George Orwell warned against. We are also seeing this in the media, academia, and in private companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter. With the advent of technology, totalitarianism beyond what Orwell wrote is possible. Does the Bible teach the coming a totalitarian state similar to George Orwell’s? What about the Antichrist and 666? Will things get worse? What is the solution? Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more in this video.
Canadian censoring of the Bible In 2017, Lauri Skori of the Battle River School board told a religious school in Alberta, Canada that it could not teach/read certain portions of the Bible. In 2002, a court in Canada ruled against one who referred to certain scriptures that some homosexuals objected to. In 2017, there was “An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code” related to those who wish to be considered transgendered. Government officials in Canada and elsewhere have been ruling against the Bible. Is any of this prophesied? Will this get worse? What was the prophet Amos inspired to write? This is a video.
Internet Control, Famine of the Word, and 666 Is the internet going to be used to suppress the teaching of the word of God?
Is God Calling You? This booklet discusses topics including calling, election, and selection. If God is calling you, how will you respond? Here is are links to related sermons: Christian Election: Is God Calling YOU? and Predestination and Your Selection. A short animation is also available: Is God Calling You?
Christian Repentance Do you know what repentance is? Is it really necessary for salvation? Two related sermons about this are also available: Real Repentance and Real Christian Repentance. Could God be Calling You?

Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work? Some say the Church should mainly feed the flock now as that is what Herbert W. Armstrong reportedly said. Is that what he said? Is that what the Bible says? What did Paul and Herbert W. Armstrong expect from lower level leaders? A related sermon is available titled Priority of the Philadelphia Work.
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God This free online pdf booklet has answers many questions people have about the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and explains why it is the solution to the issues the world is facing. Here are links to four related sermons: The Fantastic Gospel of the Kingdom of God!, The World’s False Gospel, The Gospel of the Kingdom: From the New and Old Testaments, and The Kingdom of God is the Solution.

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