Musk has indicated that he wants to restore “freedom of expression” on social networks. In a tweet tonight, he said he hoped “even my worst critics will remain active on Twitter, because that is what freedom of expression is all about.”
He threatened for a while to create some kind of alternative competitor to Twitter, but now he’s buying it. Critics don’t fear too much censorship, but — on the contrary — they fear that Musk will unleash all the brakes that Twitter has put on “fake news” in recent years and that the channel will turn into a torrent of misinformation and confusion. A group of Republicans in the US Congress are hoping that Musk will allow Donald Trump to use Twitter again, but the former president himself will not be interested in that.
Many users are not satisfied with the “power grab” of Mask, but starting a replacement “from scratch” is clearly not so simple and expensive. Facebook, that other big social network, has always been in the hands of that other big billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, and that’s also not a big deal when it comes to privacy and disinformation.
The response came noticeably tepid from the White House. This will not comment, but states that “President Biden has always been very concerned about the significant impact of social media.”
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