The man who wants to be king


The offer of Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, to pay about $ 41 billion to buy all of Twitter shares and turn it into a strictly personal business is not a simple investment with financial criteria intended to makes him even richer and widens the gap that separates him from Jeff Bezos, the second in the ranking of Croissants on the planet.

The news that Musk, who already owns 9% of Twitter shares and announced that he is not interested in a position on the company’s board, hides something deeper and possibly more existential for both the billionaire himself and the world. in general.

His statements that he will unleash the potential of the platform if Twitter is completely in his hands and that he does not agree with the way in which it restricts freedom of expression today, leave the suspicion that in the hands of Elon Musk the most popular Social media will not be just a “megaphone” for expressing unfiltered and uncontrollable views.

It will also become a powerful weapon for its owner, who will now be able to easily manipulate the stock market and public opinion, something he can not do at the moment with Tesla and Space-X. “I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for freedom of speech around the world and I believe that freedom of speech is a social imperative for a functioning democracy,” he said.

After all, this is not something new for Elon Musk. He did so about four years ago when he announced via Twitter his intention to acquire 100% of Tesla shares. Following this announcement, the company’s stock skyrocketed but Musk never bought the shares, causing serious stock market turmoil. The regulator accused Musk of misleading investors and the case closed with the billionaire paying $ 40 million for an out-of-court settlement.

Musk’s move is a move for world domination. With the purchase of Twitter, if it is finally completed, he will not only be the richest man in the world. He will have in his hands the most powerful means of communication on the planet. If Rudyard Kipling were alive today, he might have written “The Man Who Would Be King” about him. Many American media already see behind this move an attempt to gain absolute extra-institutional power.

“The level of Musk’s commitment to Twitter over the years makes it tempting to think that the company could be just a pleasant distraction. But owning Twitter could also give it the kind of public platform that a Tesla or SpaceX can never give it. “Musk would not be the first billionaire to want to influence public opinion and exercise that ability as a form of power and influence,” the Quartz website said.

Of course, Elon Musk is not the first tycoon to seek information for both economic and political purposes. Many have done so in the past, most recently Jeff Bezos, who paid $ 250 million to buy the Washington Post, the newspaper that most eminently reflects the views of the US capital’s political establishment.

But we are in 2022 and even a top newspaper like the Washington Post does not have the penetration and momentum that Twitter has in the American and global public. Twitter is a nuclear weapon for communication and the fact that it can be found in the hands of the richest man in the world can only cause concern.


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