‘Good point’ that Bezos-WaPo deal got less attention than Twitter deal
- Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter has raised concerns over the handling of free speech, misinformation and dangerous content on the platform if it happens.
- A Twitter user said people aren’t worried about Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post, unlike Musk’s Twitter deal. Musk replied, “Good point.”
- The government is reportedly considering reviewing Musk’s deal as it appears to be nearing the finish line.
The world’s richest man thinks people are too critical of his deal to buy a major social media platform used by hundreds of millions of people.
In an exchange on Twitter on Saturday, Elon Musk agreed with a follower who said Musk’s deal to buy Twitter was attracting far more negative attention than his fellow billionaire and Amazon founder. Acquisition of the Washington Post by Jeff Bezos A few years ago. Bezos bought the newspaper for $250 million in 2013.
“Not a single person wringing their hands about @elonmusk buying Twitter has ever had a problem with Jeff Bezos owning the @washingtonpost,” said Twitter user Michael Malice. said.
“Good point”, Musk repliedalongside a thinking face emoji.
After months of back and forth, Musk’s $44 billion takeover on Twitter is would be close to completion. Throughout, platform users have expressed concern that Musk buying Twitter could threaten free speech on the platform and lead to a loosening of content moderation, potentially increasing the hate speech, misinformation and dangerous content on the site.
Musk, for example, said he would overturn Donald Trump’s Twitter ban. Twitter permanently suspended the account of the former president after he repeatedly tweeted baseless allegations of voter fraud that helped incite the violent uprising on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6.
Musk also reportedly told investors that he planned to cut 75% of Twitter’s 7,500 employeesaccording The Washington Post. Such sweeping cuts could significantly hamper Twitter’s ability to take action against harmful content.
US government reportedly considering national security reviews of Musk’s takeover of Twitter, Bloomberg reported earlier this week, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
Musk’s plans to bring in foreign investors to help pay for the deal – including Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund and Binance Holdings, which was founded by a Chinese businessman – have troubled Biden administration officials, sources told Bloomberg.