Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey may soon be feeling the heat from one of his company’s newest stake-holders: a major Republican donor.
According to a new report from , Republican mega-donor and billionaire founder of Elliott Management, Paul Singer, has just purchased a “sizeable” stake in the popular microblogging platform. Singer is apparently looking to push for major changes at Twitter, including ousting Dorsey.
As we all know by now, President Donald Trump is a big fan of the service. Trump uses Twitter as his platform of choice when he takes to the internet to share his thoughts. He’s also frequently complained about what he perceives to be an unfair treatment of his views at the platform level.
Conservatives have often rallied behind talking points that social media platforms have an bias. Regardless of the that studies, even ones , have shown this is not the case, many social media companies have attempted to give in the right’s demands. This has often led to overcorrecting, like in , where conservative outlets now dominate the platform.
Late in 2019, in order to avoid the controversy surrounding Facebook’s political ad , Dorsey announced that Twitter would run paid political advertisements. The company also rolled out policies that would ban and , such as Trump’s edited Nancy Pelosi video, from the platform. Both moves rankled conservatives on the site.
What are the changes at the company that a major Republican donor like Singer seeks? According to the report, it’s those very political policies that motivated his push to oust Dorsey.
We should note that Singer opposed Trump in 2016. However, since claim he has sparked something of a relationship with the president, attending Trump’s reelection fundraisers and donating to the Republican Party. Singer has, of course, continued to support down-ballot Republicans, so lack of support for the president doesn’t mean he’s not still looking to help the party as a whole.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see more outcries of anti-conservative bias from the right on Twitter. It’s an election year, after all, and if the goal is to push for changes and possibly oust Dorsey, that would be an effective way to try and do it,