Tucker Carlson Launches Show on Twitter
Tucker Carlson, the former Fox News host, announced on Twitter that he is relaunching his show on the social media platform. Carlson was fired from his prime-time post at Fox News after the network paid a settlement to Dominion Voting Systems in its defamation lawsuit. In a three-minute video, Carlson berated the mainstream media for allegedly lying to the public and claimed that Twitter is not a partisan site. Carlson believes that Twitter is the only platform left that allows free speech. He also added that Twitter has long served as the place where the national conversation incubates and develops.
Musk Welcomes Carlson to Twitter
Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, welcomed Carlson to the platform. He tweeted that Twitter allows people to interact, critique, and refute whatever Carlson or anyone else may say. Musk also hopes that other people, especially those from the left, will become content creators on Twitter. Musk added that there is no deal of any kind between Carlson and Twitter and that Carlson is subject to the same rules and rewards as all content creators.
Fox and Dominion Lawsuit
Fox agreed to pay $787.5 million to settle Dominion’s defamation lawsuit after the network and its hosts spread false claims about the 2020 election. Fox is facing a similar lawsuit with voting machine tech company Smartmatic USA. Carlson has not publicly addressed his firing from Fox News, but various media reports have emerged stating that text messages from Carlson, including a racist remark about how “white men” fight, sealed his fate at Fox. The texts were unearthed during the discovery process in the Dominion defamation case.
Carlson’s Exit from Fox News
Carlson’s last show on Fox aired on April 21, and on the following Monday, Fox announced that it had agreed to part ways with him. Since Carlson’s exit, Fox’s prime-time ratings have dipped, although top advertisers have returned to the timeslot for the network. Meanwhile, smaller networks like Newsmax have seen a stark increase in viewership.
Musk’s Interview with Carlson
In his last week on Fox News, Carlson hosted Musk on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” During the interview, Carlson asked Musk whether he thought Twitter would weigh heavily in future elections as it had for Trump. Musk responded that he believes it will play a significant role in elections, not just domestically but internationally.
Musk Welcomes Content Creators to Twitter
In his most recent tweet, Musk stated, “On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever is said. And, of course, anything misleading will get @CommunityNotes.”
He went on to clarify that no deal has been signed with Tucker and that the platform’s content creators are subject to the same rules and rewards as all other content creators. Rewards, according to Musk, include subscriptions and advertising revenue share, which will be available soon and will depend on the number of subscribers and advertising views associated with the content.
Musk also expressed his hope that more individuals, especially those from the left, would become content creators on the platform.
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