Since his takeover, content moderation has proved a major headache for Musk, who has described himself as a free speech despot and vowed to let people tweet whatever they want within the law .
But the billionaire’s commitment to absolutist remarks spooked major advertisers and attracted the attention of regulators.
Musk believes that Twitter’s previous ownership had a strong left-wing and pro-LGBTQ bias and unfairly banned accounts including former US President Donald Trump.
On Sunday, he lashed out at the right-wing media for his relentless attack on the outgoing top adviser for America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthony Fauci.
“My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci,” Musk said, taunting the growing practice for people to indicate their preferred gender pronouns.
As of late Monday, the trending comment on Twitter in response to Musk called for people to change their pronouns to Boycott/Tesla.
The White House rebuked Musk for being “disgusting” and “divorced from reality” for tweeting against Fauci.
“These are incredibly dangerous, these personal attacks that we’re seeing,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.