Elon Musk will likely be called in front of Congress shortly after the midterms, irrespective of which party holds a majority, according to a report from NBC News.
On the one hand, Democrats are going to be looking to continue to hold their House and Senate majority, though Republicans are favoured to take over. Regardless of who controls Congress, Musk will be facing the proverbial music.
While GOP members have hailed Musk’s $44 billion takeover and his subsequent firing of top executives, they are likely to bring the tech billionaire in for questioning over whether there was political bias and censorship at Twitter prior to his takeover. Democrats, in comparison, are looking to investigate Twitter, saying they don’t think Musk will be able to make the social media platform misinformation free and clear of offensive language.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who is poised to become the next top Republican on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has said that he’d like to know what Musk finds as he uncovers how content decisions were made at Twitter prior to its acquisition
“Elon should answer those questions. And that will have an impact not just on Twitter, but it will have an impact on Facebook, an impact on Google, an impact on YouTube, Cruz said on his podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz.
“This is a big deal for the whole world of Big Tech — not just Twitter. Because the more Elon provides transparency, the more pressure there will be on the other players to do the same,” he added.
The Tesla co-founder’s ownership of Twitter is off to a rocky start already. Shortly after Friday’s attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Musk shared a link to a story from the Santa Monica Observer, a site known for publishing fake news and misinformation. The tweet was deleted quickly with Musk later denying that he ever posted a link in the first place.