“What’s Elon Doing?” Jamaal Bowman Says of Twitter Issues on Election Day

As Twitter’s new proprietor, billionaire Elon Musk, faces intense criticism for his dealing with of the social media big and inspiring voters to assist GOP congressional candidates, U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman on Tuesday revealed that he spent hours making an attempt to publish an Election Day video from his marketing campaign account.

“Why isn’t Twitter permitting me to inform folks to vote Democrat. Is Elon on his BS proper now?” the New York Democrat tweeted simply earlier than 6:40 am ET — swiftly including, “Oh this tweet was despatched with out a downside.”

“Twitter not letting me publish movies. That is loopy. By no means occurred earlier than. What’s Elon doing?” he said with a screenshot a couple of minutes later. The screenshot confirmed a Twitter notification that stated: “We’re sorry, we weren’t capable of ship your tweet. Would you prefer to retry or save this tweet in drafts?”

“I swear this retains occurring. Is that this occurring to anybody else?” Bowman asked round 7:00 am. Roughly 20 minutes later, he shared: “Nonetheless occurring! Haven’t been capable of publish a video for over an hour. What the heck is happening!?”

Close to 11:00 am, he tweeted: “Okay I appear to have my video posting privileges again… Don’t perceive why that took 4 hours.” Nevertheless, a couple of hours later he added: “False alarm. Nonetheless nothing.”

“I’m actually getting this message all day whereas making an attempt to share a 31-second video from my telephone,” he later wrote with one other screenshot. “It’s by no means occurred earlier than. I’m a Democratic candidate. Right now is Election Day. What the heck is happening!?”

The progressive congressman’s troubles with Twitter got here after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) had points together with her account final week following her use of the platform to criticize Musk — the richest particular person on the planet, according to Forbes.

Ocasio-Cortez joined these slamming Musk’s plan to cost Twitter customers $8 per 30 days for a “verified” account, a standing signaled by a blue checkmark and sometimes used to substantiate public figures reminiscent of politicians, journalists, celebrities, and enterprise leaders are who they declare to be.

Along with responding to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet immediately, Musk shared a screenshot highlighting the worth of a sweatshirt in her on-line marketing campaign merchandise retailer. The congresswoman responded by saying that her crew “respects working folks” and urged the billionaire to “strive it someday.”

Ocasio-Cortez took to Instagram to share that she was having points together with her Twitter account, saying in a video, “So it seems, we received underneath a sure little billionaire’s pores and skin, as a result of I made enjoyable of his foolish little plan to cost folks for verification and precedence placement.”

The congresswoman then tweeted, “Yo [Elon Musk] whereas I’ve your consideration, why ought to folks pay $8 only for their app to get bricked once they say one thing you don’t like?”

“That is what my app has regarded like ever since my tweet upset you yesterday,” she added, posting a screenshot. “What’s good? Doesn’t appear very free speechy to me.”

Quoting that tweet, actor and activist Mark Ruffalo inspired Musk to “get off Twitter.”

Responding to Ruffalo, Musk stated, “Scorching take: not all the pieces AOC says is [100%] correct.”

Musk — whose drawn-out acquisition of Twitter has been blasted by some advocacy teams as a risk to democracy — took to his platform Monday to encourage “independent-minded voters” to prove on Tuesday for “a Republican Congress, on condition that the presidency is Democratic,” claiming that “shared energy curbs the worst excesses of each events.”

Among the many critics of Musk’s name for voters to again Republican congressional candidates within the midterms was MSNBC authorized commentator and College of Alabama regulation professor Joyce White Vance.

“I basically disagree with this sentiment,” Vance wrote. “I don’t get to vote for the nationwide composition of Congress, I’m choosing people in particular races to characterize me. I attempt to decide the perfect particular person among the many decisions I’ve, no matter celebration.”

“However, in case you agree with Elon, I believe his stability of energy strategy solely is sensible if each events are dedicated to a constitutional republic the place voters decide their leaders,” she added. “If one celebration rejects the peaceable switch of energy, I’m going to vote in opposition to their candidates for the great of the nation.”