Elon Musk Twitter holds great promise as its new owner Musk has chalked out 3 new goals for the social media platform and his new vision for Twitter which includes the freespeech, the bedrock of a functioning democracy, as he writes twitter is the digital town square where matter vital to the future of the humanity is debated.
Musk added “I also want to make twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating spam bots, authenticaing all humans.
Elon Musk Twitter : 3 new commandments
1 – Propagate Free Speech vital for the future of humanity
2. New Features that will enhance trust
3. Make it an Open Source and work with the community
I look forward to working the the company and the community of users to unlock it – Elon Musk’s Twitter
Earlier this week Elon Musk struck a deal to buy Twitter Inc for $44 billion cash on Monday. This move will shift control of the social media platform populated by millions of users and global leaders to the world’s richest person.
Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey has supported Mr Musk, but analysts and activists have pointed out that there will be more focus now on attention and profit rather than on promoting healthy online conversations. Fellow billionaire and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos said Mr Muck’s deal gives China “a bit of leverage over the town square”.
Mr Musk has been critical of Twitter’s policies, often highlighting his issues with the way the company has been functioning. Among the issues flagged by Tesla and SpaceX CEO are Twitter’s content moderation policy. That is expected to change under Mr Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist.
Mr Musk has equated the content moderation policy of Twitter to stifling free speech. In a Twitter poll in March, he asked users: “Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?”
More than 70 per cent users who participated in the poll said a resounding no, promoting Mr Musk to ask if a new platform is needed.
While conservatives have cheered the prospect of fewer controls under Mr Musk, some human rights activists voiced fears of a rise in hate speech.
Banned users to be allowed back? Political activists expect that a Musk regime will see the reinstatement of banned individuals including Donald Trump, who was banned in the wake of Capitol riots in January last year. The former US President has, however, he has no intention of rejoining Twitter even if his account is reinstated. Trump told Fox News that he will instead focus on his own platform, Truth Social.
But many Twitter users are asking whether a regime change in the 16-year-old company means accounts suspended by the company will be allowed back. Twitter suspended many accounts, like Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, conservative parody site The Babylon Bee, Turning Point USA founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk and The Christian Post news site.