Elon Musk continues to get noticed. Shortly after taking control of Twitter, the richest man in the world relayed a conspiracy theory about the attack on Paul Pelosi.
This Sunday, October 30, two days after the takeover of Twitter, Elon Musk shared a conspiracy theory on his account. The businessman, who spent the whole weekend at the premises of Twitter in San Francisco, reacted to a Hillary Clinton’s tweet in the morning.
In her message, the former Democratic presidential candidate mentioned assault on Nancy Pelosi’s husband. The husband of the leader of the Democrats in Congress was indeed attacked at his home on October 28, 2022 in the evening.
A man armed with a hammer broke into the couple’s home in San Francisco. Looking for the Democrat, who was absent that evening, he mistakenly came across 82-year-old Paul Pelosi. Violently assaulted, the octogenarian was taken to hospital. He suffers from a cranial fracture, but his life is not in danger.
The assailant was identified as David Depape, a 42-year-old man who wrote several conspiratorial blogs. He is especially one of Donald Trump’s supporters who claim that the 2020 election was rigged. For Hillary Clinton, the violence suffered by Paul Pelosi can be directly attributed “ to the Republican Party and its spokespersons, who regularly spread hateful and delusional conspiracy theories regarding the Democrats.
“It is shocking, but not surprising, that violence is the result. As citizens, we must hold them accountable for their words and subsequent actions.”asserts Hillary Clinton.
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Elon Musk shares fake news
In the wake of the attack, a rain of false information once again spread on social networks. Unexpectedly, Elon Musk shared one of these theories in response to Hillary Clinton’s tweet.
“There is a small possibility that appearances are deceiving”explained Elon Musk to his 123 million subscribers.
The new boss of Twitter accompanied his message witha link to the Santa Monica Observer, a conservative outlet notorious for spreading inaccurate information. NewsGuard, the company that evaluates news sites with the help of journalists, believes the media is ” anything but trustworthy”. For its part, the LA Times recalls that the Santa Monica Observer very often publishes conspiracy theories without the slightest proof. He notably shared a theory explaining that Hillary Clinton died and a clone ran against Donald Trump in 2016.
The Santa Monica Observer article claimed that Paul Pelosi contracted the services of a prostitute that evening. After consuming alcohol, the octogenarian would have fought with the young man. The article is based on an old rumor, widely relayed by far-right activists, assuring that Paul Pelosi is gay. With the help of Democrats, Nancy Pelosi would go to great lengths to hide the truth from her constituents for decades.
Shortly after Elon Musk’s response, the newspaper’s website went offline following a an unexpected influx of Internet users. Subsequently, the Santa Monica Observer was inundated with comments challenging its version of events.
On Sunday afternoon, Elon Musk finally deleted his tweet, which was already overflowing with shocked comments. A few hours later, the billionaire had fun with the bad buzz by sharing an article from the New York Times, which covered the case.
This is fake – I did *not* tweet out a link to The New York Times! pic.twitter.com/d6V6m5ATW2
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2022
True to form, Elon Musk suggests that it is rather the New York Times that spreads false information on the web. The billionaire is likely referring to a media report evoking massive layoffs at Twitter. Elon Musk has denied wanting to rush dismissals to avoid having to pay out stock to employees. On the other hand, the new head of the social network no longer mentioned the Pelosi affair.