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

Published 12/03/2022, 09:29 AM
Updated 12/03/2022, 09:55 AM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Electronic voting machine is seen during the digital signature and sealing operation of the electoral systems that will be used in the Brazilian presidential election in Brasilia, Brazil August 29, 2022. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Twitter owner Elon Musk said on Saturday he thought it was "possible" that personnel at the social media firm gave preference to left-wing candidates during Brazil's election this year, without providing evidence.

Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter on Oct. 27, just days before Brazil's presidential second round runoff vote, when far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro was defeated by leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

"I've seen a lot of concerning tweets about the recent Brazil election," Musk wrote on Twitter when asked by a user about elections possibly "handled" by the company's previous management.

"If those tweets are accurate, it's possible that Twitter personnel gave preference to left wing candidates," added the billionaire.

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.

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so what about him making statements just ahead of the mid term elections and his support for DeSantis? Elon the hypothetical
another elon lie! a rich liar!
It's possible Musk smokes crystal meth. There is no evidence, but its possible.
It is possible Albright is an idiot. There is no evidence, but it is possible
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