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Elon Musk's other interests may affect Twitter

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Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai
Can Elon Musk deliver higher standards of free expression and better content moderation on Twitter and turn it into “a digital town square where a wide range of beliefs can be debated” as he claims? Or, will he be subject to intolerable pressure to remove content critical of various governments, for fear of punitive action targeting Tesla, Starlink, and SpaceX — the larger businesses he also controls? While Mr Musk has talked about free speech, his interests will make it hard to sequester the social media platform from his other businesses, and to resist governmental pressures to selectively censor Twitter.

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First Published: Oct 30 2022 | 10:11 PM IST

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