UPDATE 4-Twitter owner Musk throws weight behind Republicans in U.S. midterms

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Nov 7 (Reuters) - Twitter's caller owner, Elon Musk, threw his value down Republicans up of Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections, saying they could usage power of Congress to enactment arsenic a equilibrium against President Joe Biden's Democrats.

The world's richest person, Musk has faced disapproval from immoderate groups who judge his absolutist stance connected escaped code volition summation misinformation connected Twitter. Some advertisers person pulled spending from the platform, with Musk blaming critics acrophobic astir contented moderation.

His tweet to much than 110 cardinal followers connected Monday represented the archetypal clip the caput of a large societal media level explicitly endorsed a U.S. governmental party.

Musk, besides CEO of Tesla(TSLA.O), has been captious of the Biden medication and Democrats for their proposals to taxation billionaires and springiness much taxation incentives to union-made electrical vehicles. Tesla does not person unions astatine its U.S. factories.

He directed his Twitter connection to what helium called "independent-minded voters," writing: "Shared powerfulness curbs the worst excesses of some parties, truthful I urge voting for a Republican Congress, fixed that the presidency is Democratic."

Republicans are favored to triumph a bulk successful the House of Representatives successful Tuesday's elections, with the Senate rated a toss-up by nonpartisan predetermination forecasters. They could usage a bulk successful either enclosure to bring Biden's legislative to a halt and motorboat perchance politically damaging investigations into Biden's medication and family.

Kyle Kondik, from the University of Virginia' Center for Politics, said it was improbable Musk's words would power the election's outcome.

"It's hard to expect immoderate benignant of personage 'endorsement,' arsenic this fundamentally is, to person overmuch if immoderate effect connected elector behavior," Kondik said.

The White House declined remark connected Musk's tweet.

Musk, who often comments connected U.S. politics, antecedently said helium would vote for Republicans but that helium backs moderates of some large governmental parties.

He has said helium was leaning towards supporting Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for president successful 2024 and that erstwhile president Donald Trump, who sources said is apt to motorboat different White House tally successful coming days, was excessively aged to service arsenic president again.

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Musk is not unsocial among societal media executives successful taking unfastened governmental stances.

Sheryl Sandberg, erstwhile operating serviceman of Facebook proprietor Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), for instance, has donated heavy to progressive candidates and endorsed Democratic statesmanlike contender Hillary Clinton successful 2016.

Like different executives, however, Sandberg stopped abbreviated of explicitly telling her followers however to ballot and took pains to support a region betwixt her idiosyncratic leanings and her absorption of the company's platforms.

Former Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey has voiced a consciousness of alienation from some Republican and Democratic politics, portion Meta Chief Executive Chief Mark Zuckerberg and his woman donated to 2 nonprofits that distributed grants to authorities and section governments to assistance them behaviour elections.

Musk bought Twitter past month. In 1 of his archetypal acts, the institution laid off fractional its employees and flagged a driblet successful ad revenue. But the company's caput of information and integrity said the platform's contented moderation capabilities remained successful place.

In a connection to Reuters, Jessica Gonzalez, co-CEO of Free Press, an advocacy radical for media issues successful democracy, said Musk's remark showed helium "is not showing himself to beryllium an even-keeled CEO that advertisers tin trust."

Last twelvemonth Tesla, which counts California arsenic its biggest U.S. market, moved its office from California to the much blimpish authorities Texas. Musk besides moved his idiosyncratic residence from California to Texas, wherever determination is nary authorities income tax.

In April, Musk said connected Twitter helium believes that for the level "to merit nationalist trust, it indispensable beryllium politically neutral, which efficaciously means upsetting the acold close and the acold near equally."

Federal authorities are investigating Musk implicit his behaviour successful acquiring Twitter, the institution said successful a tribunal filing past month. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission person not commented connected immoderate imaginable probes. work much

Reporting by Susan Heavey, Rami Ayyub, Steve Holland, Kenneth Li, Kanishka Singh, Sheila Dang and Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Scott Malone and Howard Goller

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