Elon Musk reached a deal to buy Twitter Inc. for $ 44 billion in cash on Monday. This will shift control over social media platforms populated by millions of users and global leaders to the richest people in the world.
Twitter co -founder Jack Dorsey has backed Mr. Musk, but analysts and activists have insisted that there will be more focus now on attention and profit than promoting healthy online conversations. Fellow millionaire and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos said Mr Muck’s deal gave China “little influence over the town square”.
Mr. Musk has been critical of Twitter’s policies, often highlighting issues with the way the company works. Among the issues flagged by Tesla and the CEO of SpaceX is Twitter’s content simplification policy. Things are expected to change under Mr Musk, who calls himself an absolute member of freedom of speech.
Freedom of speech is essential for a functioning democracy.
Do you believe Twitter strongly adheres to this principle?
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 25 March 2022
Discussions on the deal, which last week looked uncertain, accelerated over the weekend after Mr Musk lured Twitter shareholders with funding details of his offer.
Under pressure, Twitter began negotiations with Musk to buy the company at its proposed price of $ 54.20 per share.
Now that Mr. Musk is in charge, this is what is expected to change in the “digital town square”.
Content moderation to be diluted? Mr. Musk has equated Twitter’s content moderation policy with restricting freedom of speech. In a Twitter opinion poll in March, he asked users: “Free speech is essential for a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter sticks to this principle?”
More than 70 percent of users who took part in the poll said no, encouraging Mr Musk to ask if a new platform was needed.
While conservatives have cheered the prospect of fewer control under Mr Musk, some human rights activists have voiced concern over the increase in hate speech.
Banned users allowed back? Political activists expect that the Musk regime will see the return of banned individuals including Donald Trump, who was banned in the wake of the Capitol riots in January last year. The former US president, however, has no intention of rejoining Twitter even if his account is restored. Trump told Fox News that he would instead focus on his own platform, Truth Social.
But perhaps Twitter users are asking whether the regime change in the 16 -year -old company means accounts suspended by the company will be allowed back. Twitter suspended many accounts, such as Republican congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene, conservative parody site The Babylon Bee, Turning Point USA founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk and news site The Christian Post.
Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy said she hopes she can return. She was banned for referring to Jessica Yaniv, a biological man who identifies as a woman, as a man.
Edit button for tweet? Mr. Musk floated the idea of an edit button in a Twitter poll on April 4th. “Do you want an edit button?” he asked in his post. The words yes and no have been misspelled to indicate that the function will allow users to correct erroneous errors in their posts and make other tweaks.
Do you want the edit button?
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 5 April 2022
Over four million votes were cast, with a majority of users supporting the idea.
Twitter has been experimenting with the functionality, offering options to users who pay for a “Blue” subscription in particular, but Mr. Musk plans to make it available to the rest of the Twitter realm.
Twitter’s algorithm to be open source? In a March 24 tweet, Mr. Musk suggested that Twitter’s algorithm should be open source. This is again in the form of an opinion poll and 83 per cent of a million respondents said yes to the idea.
The Twitter algorithm must be open source
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2022
This algorithm is used by Twitter to determine which tweets to promote and which to hide from user feeds. Mr Musk said if it used open source it would ensure there was no “behind -the -scenes manipulation”. He also suggested posting the code on Github so people could find errors and suggest changes.
Will people leave Twitter? Not everyone is happy with Mr. Musk taking over Twitter. While the billinoaire has said he hopes that even his strongest critics will remain on the platform, many users have threatened to leave Twitter.
Among them is British actress Jameela Jamil. He said the deal would “help this hellish platform reach its final form of hatred, bigotry and dislike of the law”.
Ah he got twitter. I want this to be what I have here as my last tweet. Just * nothing * reason to show Barold’s picture. I fear this free speech bidding will help this hellish platform achieve its final form of hatred, bigotry and illegal hatred. Good luck. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fBDOuEYI3e
– Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) 25 April 2022
“I want this to be my last tweet,” he told his 1 million followers.