The mere thought of Elon Musk dominating Twitter sends shivers down the spine

Elon Musk doesn’t even rest on Easter. The headlines that the founder of Tesla left these days with his intention to buy Twitter. With the intention of removing it from public markets to “unleash its potential” Pandora’s box of controversy has been opened. The proposal to open the social network to true freedom of expression was not well received. With some shareholders on a war footing who, for the moment, deny any operation – which, in fact, materialized with the so-called poison pill – and a fringe of employees who reject the leadership of the man business, it is now analysts who are studying how this could be a scenario in which Twitter dominates the world. Spoilers: It wouldn’t be good.

The story of the devastation that social networks can cause and the role that these empires have taken over time is a story that already has many lines. From Facebook with its already proven effect on electoral processes or cultural positions for or against a race or a religion are already a fact. What was previously only analyzed as a possibility is now a palpable fact which, far from having a solution, continues to be a problem in the making.

How to control the social enclosures that social networks have become? How to do it without infringing this long-awaited freedom of expression and preserving the rights of users? These are questions to which there is still no answer and which open up a parallel debate. DShould these renewed public forums be in the hands of private companies or should they be public. Also, if they were owned by the government, would they be sinless? Nothing is clear in this uncertain future. As well as the continuous comparison of social networks, whether Facebook or Twitter, with a public forum. “They’re not like the town square,” says Brown University professor Claire Wardle, speaking to Washington Post. And you are right, in a forum where the voice hides behind the anonymity of millions of people, there is a small Greek forum.

Twitter’s Dirty Privacy Game

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It is precisely this intimacy and this freedom enjoyed by social networks – and which have been moderated for some time in order to limit excesses – which are at stake with the entry of Elon Musk. The businessman said that from the beginning of his participation in the shareholding of Twitter, he realized the major problems of the social network. Self-proclaimed freedom of information absolutist, for the businessman any interference by Twitter or any company owning a social network supposesan affront to basic civil rights. “It’s incompatible with democracy”sharp.

But many voices warn of the danger, precisely for this very democracy that Musk defends, the simple idea that a monster like Twitter belongs to a single businessman. One, in fact, of the controversial caliber and profile like that of the Tesla founder.

Elon Musk, with supreme power on Twitter, would own freedom itself

Nothing good can come from a person like Elon Musk with absolute power over a company like Twitter. And, apart from the differences, this story has already been felt with Facebook and the supreme power that, despite his public listing, Zuckerberg continues to maintain on what is happening in his field. No matter how many years and scandals pass, the succession of attacks on rights and freedom of expression continues to occur.

Elon Musk, with supreme power on Twitter, would own freedom itself. And also data created there. Data that experts have no doubt would be used for the ultimate purpose of manipulating and influencing people’s behavior. Because if history has taught us anything, it’s that trusting the good work of tech companies does no good. And even less in the one led by a genius who, as we know, has an easy tweet and an astonishing ability to create controversy.