Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused Elon Musk of being insecure and having “an ego problem.”
Musk, who recently acquired Twitter, announced on Tuesday that he plans to offer an $8 monthly subscription for users to get verified and access certain site features — he blasted the social media platform’s present “lords & peasants system” for determining who gets a verification badge as “bulls**t.”
“Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually a $8/mo subscription plan,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“My workers are union, have full healthcare + benefits like childcare help, and every one is paid a living wage. Proceeds go to community acts like tutoring underserved kids. You’re a union buster with an ego problem who pockets the change from underpaying and mistreating people,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“Also my twitter mentions/notifications conveniently aren’t working tonight, so I was informed via text that I seem to have gotten under a certain billionaire’s skin,” the lawmaker tweeted. “Just a reminder that money will never by your way out of insecurity, folks.”
Musk has indicated that it will be weeks before users who were ousted from the platform will be reinstated. “Twitter will not allow anyone who was de-platformed for violating Twitter rules back on platform until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks,” he noted. “Twitter’s content moderation council will include representatives with widely divergent views, which will certainly include the civil rights community and groups who face hate-fueled violence,” he tweeted.