April 7, 2022

 Musk Called Babylon Bee When He Bought a Big Stake in Twitter

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By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon announced on Tuesday that Tesla CEO Elon Musk called the satire website around the time he bought a large stake in the social media platform Twitter. Dillon said Musk wanted to confirm that Babylon Bee had been banned from the platform for a recent tweet about a transgender government official. Dillon also said that Musk made a comment about needing to buy Twitter.

The Background: 
Tesla CEO and social provocateur Elon Musk surprised everyone earlier this week when it was revealed that he had just bought enough stock in Twitter to make him the largest shareholder.

His purchase even helped him land a spot on Twitter’s board of directors. 

Before his purchase was announced, Musk polled Twitter users about the platform’s commitment to free speech.

Now it's reported that Musk called The Babylon Bee before publishing that poll to see if they had truly been banned for giving HHS Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine, a biological male who identifies as a woman, their ‘Man of the Year’ award. 

The Babylon Bee was banned for 'hateful conduct’ and required to delete the tweet to have their account unlocked. The Bee has refused to do so.

“He [Musk] wanted to confirm that we had, in fact, been suspended. He even mused on that call that he might need to buy Twitter. Now he’s the largest shareholder and has a seat on the board,” Dillon wrote.

Notable Quotes: 

“Musk reached out to us before he polled his followers about Twitter’s commitment to free speech. He wanted to confirm that we had, in fact, been suspended.” - Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee

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