Elon Musk and his techno-liberal ambitions for Twitter


Elon Musk, epitome of freedom of speech, will he be able to moderate the platform?


Elon Musk built his name and fortune on the profound transformation of the companies he bought ©SIPA

Negotiations about corporate takeovers with outside capital usually do not inspire grandiose statements. But Elon Musk never felt obligated to stick to such conventions. When asked about his plan to acquire and delist social network Twitter, which was approved by the company’s board of directors on April 25, he got straight to the point. “My intuition tells me that having a public platform that is maximally trusted and inclusive is extremely important for the future of civilization. Economic issues have nothing to do with it.”

“As a meeting place for politicians, experts and theorists, the social network largely determines the political weather – and functions, as Elon Musk puts it, as a digital ‘public space'”

Compared to its competitors – Facebook, Instagram and TikTok – Twitter is a modest player. But the deal is no less important, because Twitter’s power isn’t measured by its size. As a meeting place for politicians, experts and theorists, the social network largely determines the political weather – and, as Elon Musk puts it, plays the role of a digital “public plaza”.

Additionally, Elon Musk built his name and fortune on the profound transformation of the companies he bought. This time he has to face a thorny issue of great interest to governments around the world: how to regulate internet users’ freedom of expression. The majority wants to make more and more rules. But Elon Musk is not abounding in this direction, on the contrary, he prefers to lift the restrictions rather than impose new ones. An experiment that operators of other large social networks will be watching with interest.

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