Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has been tentatively supported by creator Jack Dorsey, who stated “… Elon is the one-and-only solution in which I have faith. I believe in his goal to spread the light of consciousness.”
Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter has sparked debate about whether the acquisition is good news for one of the world’s most (if not the most) prominent social media sites.
Twitter, at the center of heated debates over free speech and the spread of misinformation, is grappling with difficult questions about content moderation in India and other countries.
Twitter, a megaphone also credited with much good, including assisting on-the-ground relief efforts during times of crisis, is grappling with tough questions about content moderation in India and other countries.
Musk, a self-described “free-speech absolutist,” has stated he wants to alter what he regards as an overly aggressive position in such matters by a platform that banned former US President Donald Trump.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos chimed on Tuesday morning, citing a piece by a New York Times writer who mentioned Tesla’s ties to the Chinese government and asking, ‘Did the Chinese government just acquire a bit of clout over the town square?’
The tweet came in response to a communication from New York Times reporter Mike Forsythe:
“On the subject of something:
-China will be Tesla’s second-largest market in 2021. (after the US)
-Chinese battery manufacturers are important suppliers to Tesla’s electric vehicles.
-After China outlawed Twitter in 2009, the government had absolutely little control over the platform. -This may have recently changed.”
That’s an intriguing question. Did the Chinese government just acquire some clout in the town square?
April 25, 2022 — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos)
Bezos retweeted the post and added, “Interesting question.” “Did the Chinese government just gain some clout in the town square?”
Musk used the ‘town square’ connection in his first tweet following the confirmation of the Twitter purchase, writing, “Free expression is the backbone of a functional democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where topics crucial to the future of mankind are debated…”
But we’ll have to see. Musk is an expert at negotiating such complexities.
— Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) 26th of April, 2022
Bezos then went on to provide some solutions to the question he posed.
“My own response to this question is most likely no. In this way, the complication in China for Tesla is more plausible than the restriction on Twitter. But we’ll have to see. Musk is an expert at handling such complexities.”
Musk’s bid for Twitter generated worldwide headlines, with most conjecture now focused on how he would fund a portion of the $44 billion offer on the table – $21 billion in equity has been personally guaranteed by the company’s (nearly) new CEO.