Elon Musk has overtaken Mark Zuckerberg as Twitter’s top shareholder. He then became a member of Twitter’s board of directors to have a say in how the firm operates in the future.
According to Forbes, Billionaire Elon Musk has not sold part of his newly-acquired stake in Twitter, he confirmed on Wednesday, while insiders reportedly voice concerns over the platform’s future as Musk, who is an advocate of “free speech” and has a history of spreading misinformation.
Jackson Richman, the political media news site Mediaite’s reporter, told VOA that Musk would have to balance his support for free speech with his business activities in China.
Musk is concerned about Twitter’s governance speech; before announcing that he would join Twitter, he had 80 million followers and launched a poll asking users if they agreed that Twitter strictly enforced the principles of free speech. 70% of the participants disagreed.
Musk hasn’t made it clear what changes he wants to bring to Twitter, but in light of his previous criticism of Twitter’s moderation of speech, observers said he might seek to loosen the policy.
Twitter said in a public statement that media outlets with editorial independence, even those funded by the government, would not be counted as state media. Chinese media do not meet this standard.
Newsweek commentary editor Batya Ungar-Sargon was also concerned about Musk’s business activities in China.
She tweeted, “Sure, maybe Elon Musk would have demanded the Hunter Biden laptop story not be censored. But what about the story about the Tesla showroom in Xinjiang, built a stone’s throw from concentration camps full of Uyghur Muslims?”
At the end of last year, Tesla announced the official opening of its store in Urumqi, Xinjiang. The international community has strongly criticized China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang.