Elon Musk buys Twitter: time to leave the platform?

Elon Musk bought Twitter for 44 billion, you can’t have missed that. The response is massive and I’ll try to summarize the responses for you.

Why did Elon Musk buy Twitter?

No one knows for sure what his intentions are. I think this quote from Matt Levine from an interview with The New Yorker sums up the speculation well.

I assume it’s because he has some genuine set of political and social beliefs about how Twitter should be run, and he feels like it isn’t being run that way. I also think that he gets a lot of pleasure and utility out of tweeting and wants it to be optimized for his use. The value of his company is enhanced by his being a very strange public figure on Twitter, and so he clearly sees a lot of value in tweeting, and probably wants to own that for himself.

The right side has more faith in Musk. Fox News’ Greg Gutfold writes ‘I’ve never seen so many opinions and so many bad ones, but that’s the point. You can see them† He himself mainly sticks to the fact that he uses Twitter ‘better than ever‘ by adding new features and restoring trust in the platform.

I want to continue on Musk’s beliefs about how Twitter should be run. He believes it is important that twitterers can tweet freely, within the limits of the law. Musk explained on Twitter yesterday what he means by freedom of expression.

Bron: Twitter.

Free speech

Twitter is an excellent platform to share your thoughts and talk to each other about practically anything. My favorite platform even. This has to be done in a safe way. Twitter has there now lines for. If you do not comply with this, there is a chance that your account will be deleted. What does Musk want to do differently than Twitter is doing now? He wants to stop deleting accounts, at most suspend users and have everyone authenticate to fight bots. That means the anonymity will disappear.

The way I see it now, and so we don’t know much about his plans yet, Musk’s proposed approach to content moderation is likely to make Twitter a less safe place to speak up. And that while disinformation and propaganda campaigns can spread almost uncontrollably. Where exactly is the boundary of freedom of expression? Who determines it? Soon Elon Musk, because he wants Twitter one private company to make.

Where exactly is the boundary of freedom of expression?

What good is freedom of speech for him? It will help him if the image of his other companies and his own is not damaged. If he can steer public opinion. It is much more useful for him, as are his rich and powerful friends. As the owner of Twitter, he will soon have no accountability to a board or shareholders. So what he seems to want most of all is freedom from responsibility.

Now it doesn’t mean that if he had to take responsibility, things would go well. Just look at Facebook. I don’t think it’s healthy under any circumstances for one person to have so much power to control (or have significant influence over) how a platform is run. A platform on which we depend for information and communication.

Will it go that fast? It is Twitter’s 200 million users who give the platform value. The average user doesn’t want disinformation or hate messages in their feed. Musk must therefore keep us somewhat satisfied, because otherwise Twitter will be worth little. The question is therefore whether it is financially attractive to really overhaul the moderation policy.

Who should be in charge of Twitter then?

I can be very brief about that: I don’t have a complete answer to that. Should there be laws to prevent monopoly ownership of these types of platforms? These are already available in the US for media channels, such as TV stations and newspapers. That could be a start.

Or how about developing a replica of Twitter by a group of independent individuals? Or a crazy president. The chance that this platform will get as many or more users than Twitter is nil. And as I said before, it’s the users who give value to these types of platforms. Trump is now trying it with his platform Truth Social, and you see that it does not get off the ground.

Alternatives

I would just wait and see before making any drastic decisions. Twitter has said it could take another three to six months to complete the deal. And both parties can 1 billion dollars out of the deal. You think, Kim, that’s nice, but I’m gone! Then is Mastadon the most frequently mentioned alternative. It is an open source variant of Twitter, but in a fragmented form, because you can only register with a community (often about a certain topic).

Screenshot of Twitter alternative Mastadon.

In the meantime, remain critical of the content of the tweets you see, the people you follow and especially do not pay attention to twitterers who have bad intentions and spread disinformation or hatred. Then it can still be a great platform to quickly access information, hear other opinions and get in touch with new people. Shall we just agree to hang around for a while?


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