Elon Musk hinted at his Twitter takeover five years ago in uncovered tweets

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ELON Musk hinted that he wanted to buy Twitter almost five years ago, resurfaced tweets have revealed.

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO finalized a deal to buy Twitter for $44billion.

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Elon Musk asked Dave Smith how much it was to buy Twitter back in 2017Credit: Twitter

Back in December 2017, Musk tweeted: “I love Twitter.”

Podcast host and writer Dave Smith replied: “You should buy it then”.

And Musk responded: “How much is it?”

Realising this exchange had accidentally predicted the future, Smith retweeted it after the recent news of Musk’s deal was announced.

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Smith tweeted a screenshot of the tweets and captioned it: “This exchange continues to haunt me”.

He then said that the exchange was “Not my proudest moment!” when a Twitter user accused him of being responsible for Musk’s Twitter takeover.

Another person said: “How does it feel knowing that all of this was entirely your fault?”

Smith replied: “Honestly Aimee, not great!”

Reaction to Musk buying Twitter has been mixed.

Some people are worried it will mean banned users like Donald Trump will come back to the platform.

Other people are applauding Musk for his stance on freedom of speech and censorship.

Following his huge purchase, Musk said: “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.

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“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”

Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey has said that he trusts Musk with the platform.

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