It didn’t take long for top-rated Fox News host Tucker Carlson to make a huge move following news on Monday that billionaire Tesla, SpaceX, and Starlink founder Elon Musk’s offer to buy Twitter was accepted by the company’s board.
After Carlson endorsed tweets from the popular satire news site The Babylon Bee, he was suspended from the platform, but he decided in the wake of Musk’s purchase to get back on the platform.
Last month, Twitter also locked The Babylon Bee out of its account after it accused the satirical website of violating its rules against “hateful conduct” over a joke naming U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine – a transgender woman – the site’s “Man of the Year” for 2022.
The site remains locked out of its account, with its 1.3 million followers, because Babylon Bee execs refuse to delete the tweet.
Carlson was also suspended by Twitter after he endorsed the Babylon Bee tweet and another from Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, who said Levine had “spent 54 years of his life as a man.”
“But wait. Both these tweets are true,” Carlson wrote, with a screenshot of both tweets.
On Monday, he returned to the platform, noting in a post: “We’re back.”
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 25, 2022
Leading conservative voice, author, and talk show host Mark Levin also rejoined the platform after the Musk deal was approved.
Twitter’s board of directors accepted Musk’s multi-billion dollar offer to buy out the social media platform late on Monday.
Early in the day, reports broke that Twitter appeared set to accept Elon Musk’s offer to buy out the company, reports noted on Monday.
“Twitter Inc is nearing a deal to sell itself to Elon Musk for $54.20 per share in cash, the price that he originally offered to the social media company and called his ‘best and final’, people familiar with the matter said,” Reuters reported.
“Twitter may announce the $43 billion deal later on Monday once its board has met to recommend the transaction to Twitter shareholders, the sources said. It is always possible that the deal collapses at the last minute, the sources added,” the report continued.
“Twitter has not been able to secure so far a ‘go-shop’ provision under its agreement with Musk that would allow it to solicit other bids from potential acquirers once the deal is signed, the sources said. Still, Twitter would be allowed to accept an offer from another party by paying Musk a break-up fee, the sources added,” the report added.