While Elon Musk’s critics have complained that his takeover of Twitter will politicize the platform, one supporter of the billionaire entrepreneur countered with data showing the company already has a strong political bias.
Human rights activist Hillel Neuer — poking fun at liberal outrage over Musk’s libertarian-style plans for Twitter — tweeted a 2018 Recode analysis Monday that found 98.7% of political donations by the company’s employees had gone to Democrats.
I fear Elon Musk could undermine the ideological diversity, equity and inclusion at Twitter which currently maintains a careful balance of 98.7% for one side. pic.twitter.com/I6JeTuTx9k
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 25, 2022
“I fear Elon Musk could undermine the ideological diversity, equity and inclusion at Twitter which currently maintains a careful balance of 98.7% for one side,” Neuer quipped.
- Twitter employees made $228,000 in donations during the 2018 midterm elections, nearly all of which went to Democratic candidates, according to the Recode analysis of data from Open Secrets.
- Twitter wasn’t unique: Across 20 leading tech companies, including Netflix, Apple and Google, more than 85% of employees’ individual contributions were to Democrats.
The people who own Big Tech and the media are also overwhelmingly liberal.
- Americans have seen the results for themselves in the pages of outlets like Washington Post, The Atlantic, Time, Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times.