Twitter recently announced that it has agreed to sell its platform to Elon Musk for $44 billion. After that, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sparked a discussion on Twitter on April 26. He wondered if billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter gives China “a bit of leverage over the town square.”
Bezos later tweeted that his answer to his own question is—probably not. He went on to say, “The more likely outcome in this regard is complexity in China for Tesla, rather than censorship at Twitter.”
Below his tweet, he also retweeted a post from a New York Times reporter. That post details some of Musk’s connections with China.
Musk then tweeted on April 26 that even his worst critics remain on Twitter because that is what free speech means.
According to Reuters, political activists hope that Musk’s control of Twitter would result in less moderation and the reinstatement of banned users.
Musk has key business ties to China. Many questions have emerged, as Musk’s Tesla relies heavily on China for production and vehicle sales.
On April 26, China dismissed claims that Beijing might try to influence Twitter through Tesla.