With the announcement that Elon Musk is going to buy Twitter, for a value of 44 billion dollars, several voices raise doubts about what could change in the social network – including with regard to the content moderation policy.
One such voice is that of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the second richest man in the world. Bezos took to Twitter to question whether, with this purchase by Musk, China could gain some influence in this area. It is worth remembering that this social network is blocked in the Chinese market.
Citing a tweet referring to the connection of Tesla, Elon Musk’s company, to the Chinese market, Bezos questioned whether “the Chinese government has gained a little influence” with this connection and what will change.
Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square? https://t.co/jTiEnabP6T— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 25, 2022
“My own answer to this question is probably not. The most likely outcome in this question is complexity in China for Tesla rather than censorship on Twitter,” wrote the multimillionaire. “But let’s see. Musk is extremely good at navigating this kind of complexity,” concluded Bezos.
The defense of freedom of expression has been used by Elon Musk, owner of Tesla and SpaceX, as one of the flags to justify this acquisition. However, political activists anticipate that there may be less moderation of content, which could even open the door to the return of people like Donald Trump to Twitter.
Elon Musk has had a path marked by controversy on Twitter, having widely criticized the moderation of content on this social network. After the operation was announced, Musk said, “I hope even the biggest critics will stay on Twitter, because that’s what free speech is.”
I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022
In turn, China denies interest in using its influence with Musk to gain space on Twitter. At least that was the statement made by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin.
Elon Musk announced on April 14 his interest in buying Twitter, offering $54.2 per share of the company. In a first phase, the administration of Twitter rejected this offer, but the negotiations gained strength over the last weekend. This Monday, Twitter announced that it will even be bought by Elon Musk, for an amount of 44 billion dollars.
This Monday, at a meeting with employees about this sale, Parag Agrawal, CEO of Twitter, anticipated that “at the moment” there are no plans for redundancies on the social network.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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