Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter is a risk to democracy

The worst for democracy is uncertain. It could happen with the richest man in the world taking over Twitter. For example, Elon Musk may quickly decide not to change much and put security measures in place that limit the most objectionable content under penalty of seeing millions of users flee. “A platform that allows people to spew misogynist and racist slurs (…) will quickly lose advertisers, business partners and sponsors, turning it into a commercially unviable shell within months.” Washington post Imran Ahmed, founder of the Center to Fight Digital Hate.

But he could also be stubborn and follow his vision. A billionaire who owns 100% of an unlisted company is not accountable to any other shareholders. He already stated in April of last year that profit is not his main motivation: “It’s not a way to make money (…). I’m not interested in the economic aspect at all.” So it’s possible, if not likely, that this “free speech absolutist” of the world will have to learn to live with his libertarian tendencies. Please fasten your seat belts.

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