US Politics

Musk to host DeSantis’ presidential announcement, signalling starker partisanship on Twitter

Twitter announcement may affect platform’s relationship with advertiser Disney, which is currently in a row with DeSantis

Ron DeSantis, Republican governor in Florida, has pushed positions that aren’t nationally popular, such as a ban on abortions after 6 weeks and an expansion of capital punishment. Picture: Getty

Elon Musk’s plan to host Ron DeSantis’ 2024 presidential campaign announcement on Twitter will mean promotion of the live audio event to the billionaire’s more than 140 million followers on the platform he owns, underscoring the social network’s shift toward a more partisan approach to political discourse.

While Musk said Tuesday that it’s important for Twitter to have a range of voices, the open embrace of a national candidate at such a critical campaign moment ...