Actor James Woods Makes Two Suggestions for New Major Twitter Shareholder Elon Musk to Improve Platform

Actor James Woods welcomed billionaire SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk to Twitter with a couple of suggestions on Tuesday.

The actor made his appeal following reports that Musk became the platform’s largest shareholder in recent weeks by purchasing nearly 10 percent of its stock and then being named to the board of directors.

Woods tweeted, “Dear @elonmusk, welcome to Twitter. I join millions of users in hoping your presence will restore integrity to this once valuable forum. Two thoughts: Remove all politically motivated algorithms from the site. Make people have to use their real identities to end abuse.”

Musk reportedly purchased 9.2 percent of Twitter’s stock for roughly $2.9 billion. He was welcomed to the board by CEO Parag Agrawal.

Agrawal tweeted on Tuesday, “I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board! Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board.”

“He’s both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is exactly what we need on @Twitter, and in the boardroom, to make us stronger in the long-term. Welcome Elon!” Agrawal continued.

Musk responded, “Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!”

“Twitter shares surged about 26% in premarket trading after the regulator filing released Monday detailing Musk buying the holding,” Bloomberg reported. “The stake is worth about $2.89 billion, based on Friday’s market close.”

Musk’s purchase and board appointment came after he teased a potential shakeup at the platform or a future plan to build his own.

After suggesting that Twitter “fundamentally undermines democracy” by not defending free speech, Musk conducted an informal poll on the platform, ironically, to ask, “Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?”

More than 2 million people responded to the poll with 70.4 percent saying that Twitter did not adhere to the principle, The Daily Wire reported.

“The consequences of this poll will be important,” Musk continued. “Please vote carefully.”

Musk followed up on the poll on Saturday, noting: “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?”

He asked: “Is a new platform needed?”

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