| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

Musk says ‘possible’ that Twitter gave preference to leftists during Brazil election

Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, stated without offering proof on Saturday that he believed it was “probable” that employees of the social media company preferred left-wing candidates in Brazil’s election this year.

On October 27, Musk completed his purchase of Twitter, just days before the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro was defeated by the leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brazil’s presidential second round runoff election.

Bolsonaro earlier this year hosted Musk at a meeting in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, when he called the U.S. billionaire’s takeover of Twitter a “breath of hope” and dubbed him a “legend of liberty”.

Both Lula and Bolsonaro widely used Twitter during their campaigns. Some Bolsonaro allies – including the most-voted candidate for the lower house of Congress, Nikolas Ferreira – had their accounts suspended by court orders after the second round for questioning the election results.

  • Reuters