??♥️ Yesss!!! ♥️?? pic.twitter.com/0T9HzUHuh6— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022
Elon Musk will soon hold the keys to Twitter: How will the platform change?
Elon Musk has struck a deal to buy Twitter with a promise to reduce censorship on the platform, raising questions about what his approach will mean for the “digital town square”.
Twitter agreed to be taken over at $54.20 a share, a 38 percent premium over the share price before it was revealed that Mr. Musk had been buying up the company’s stock.
The Tesla chief executive promised new features and reiterated his push to soften Twitter’s stance on content moderation. “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,” he said in a news release announcing the deal.
Mr Musk said that he hopes that even his strongest critics will remain on the platform “because that is what free speech means”.
However, some users have threatened to leave Twitter, while others have already quit.
British actor Jameela Jamil, who is best known for her role in TV series The Good Place, said she expects the platform to “become an even more lawless, hateful, xenophobic, bigoted, misogynistic space”.
“I would like this to be my… last tweet,” Ms Jamil told her one million followers.
Ah he got twitter. I would like this to be my what lies here as my last tweet. Just really *any* excuse to show pics of Barold. I fear this free speech bid is going to help this hell platform reach its final form of totally lawless hate, bigotry, and misogyny. Best of luck. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fBDOuEYI3e— Jameela Jamil ? (@jameelajamil) April 25, 2022