How Twitter can change under Elon Musk

As of April 2022, Elon Musk, with an estimated net worth of $210 billion dollars, made a bid for Twitter. The sale concluded as Elon Musk buys Twitter at a whopping $44 billion dollars.

Twitter—a social media website used as a broadcast site where users post their text, pictures, videos, etc. All for the purpose of connecting with a larger audience and highlighting their views. In recent years, it has become a platform for affluent celebrities, politicians, activists, journalists, and social media influencers. As they connect with their peers to showcase their views in a conducive environment.

Elon Musk acquiring such a platform poses a change in the status quo of how Twitter had previously been working. As the billionaire is known for his zany and eccentric takes on how to conduct business. This latest acquisition is no different from his other ventures.

On the surface, his takes on operating Twitter seem to stem from altruistic and free-speech narratives. But the truth could be considered misleading. As Musk has already faced online vitriol over some of his actions. Some cite that this acquisition is his latest bid at controlling the online narrative to suit his own agendas. This wouldn’t be far from the truth as the billionaire certainly has a knack for such actions.

In his press release, the billionaire’s stated his reasons for buying Twitter:

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” was what he stated when asked about the acquisition, “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 the spam bots, and authenticating all humans.”

If there is any truth to that, we’ll know in due time.

But what really is the future of Twitter? According to experts, it can a good and bad thing. With the bad sometimes outweighing the good in certain cases.

Free Speech or Prohibitions?

As Musk has deigned it necessary that free speech is his main goal, which directly speaks about the moderation protocols that Twitter has set up. These protocols infringe upon posts that do not comply with the platform’s guidelines. And are, therefore, immediately taken down. This comes in direct contrast with the free speech agenda that Musk has.

But at the same time, he has superfluously added in the clause that the moderation protocol will comply with individual government mandates. Which is the opposite of liberating as most countries have a staunch view on free speech. This clause can cause the free speech movement to have a major setback.

Fight against Crypto Scamming

Aside from that notion, Elon Musk also advocated against scams and bot activities. As crypto scamming has been on a rise in the last decade, Musk had major gripes against such activities and vowed to eliminate these illegal activities.

An Edit Button

There was also quite the discussion on Twitter pertaining to the use of an Edit button, which Musk is pushing for with the public’s approval, and testing for such an option is allegedly underway.

Open-Source Twitter

Another point that Elon Musk raised was shifting the Twitter algorithm to open-source, to provide the world with transparency in the platform so they could deduce for themselves the goings on in the background to provide more insights.

“Having a black box algorithm promotes some things and not other things, I think this can be quite dangerous,” he stated in his TED talk on the subject.

Bottom Line; Menace or Liberator?

The only way to ascertain what the future of Twitter holds is to sit back and gauge the situation on the sidelines, as things have escalated far beyond our control. With his recent controversies coming to light. Paired with his less-than-popular takes on current global situations. It’s safe to say we are all a little worried.

The power that Twitter holds in shifting public opinion is something that shouldn’t be given in the hands of a single individual with varying views on how he wishes to conduct his behaviors. Time will tell though.

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