Jeff Bezos Sneers At Musk’s Twitter Takeover, Claiming It May Empower China.

Published: April 28, 2022
Updated: April 28, 2022
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Jeff Bezos

A Twitter Takeover Could Empower China, Says Jeff Bezos.

On July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas, Jeff Bezos held the aviation glasses that belonged to Amelia Earhart as he spoke at a press conference about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard into the house.

Jeff Bezos, the billionaire co-founder of Amazon, has weighed in on Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter.

Late Monday, Bezos tweeted that China may gain control of Twitter as soon as the acquisition is completed.

“Did China’s government just gain some control over the town square?” Jeff Bezos wrote, implying Musk’s business ties to China. In 2018, Tesla CEO Elon Musk opened a manufacturing facility in Shanghai, and the company relies heavily on Chinese companies to produce the materials that go into its batteries.

The board of directors of Twitter agreed on Monday to Musk’s acquisition of the company. Twitter will be taken public at a price of $54.20 per share, valuing the company at around $44 billion.

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In China, Twitter is prohibited. The so-called “Great Firewall” of Beijing blocks access to a number of Western social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

“To be honest, my own answer to this question is probably not,” Jeff Bezos continued. “Complexity in China for Tesla, rather than censorship at Twitter, is the more likely outcome in this regard.”

“However, we’ll see.” “Musk is an expert at navigating this level of complication,” he added.

Regardless of the caveat, Jeff Bezos’ comments are the most recent in a long-running feud between the two billionaires.

Over time, the two have sparred about their respective house ambitions. Musk is the CEO of SpaceX, while Bezos runs his own company, Blue Origin.

While Musk has promised to strengthen Twitter’s position as a “digital town square” where users can freely converse and debate, some politicians and campaigners are concerned that the takeover will give the world’s richest man too much control over online discourse.

Jeff Bezos

Nonetheless, billionaires proudly owning media companies is not a new phenomenon. The Washington Post is owned by Bezos, while Time Magazine was purchased by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in 2018. 

However, Twitter is unique in that it is a platform where tens of thousands of people collaborate as well as share content — and as a result, it is scrutinized by regulators.

In one of his first tweets following the take-private deal, Musk defended free speech on the platform. Officials in China, however, have banned Twitter, as well as most other American social media platforms, due to concerns about the impact on public discourse.

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Tax breaks, low-cost loans, and the ability to fully own Tesla’s domestic operations have helped the company thrive in China. However, Tesla came under fire last year after state media and regulators questioned the company’s attitude toward customers. 

Although Bezos’ company has a presence in the country, it is a far cry from local leaders Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and JD.com Inc. The news of Musk’s takeover of Twitter has divided the world. Some people, including conservative lawmakers in the United States, are excited about the prospect of the platform becoming less moderated as Musk promises to promote free speech. 

Others, according to Politico, are concerned that hate speech may now be less regulated in the name of free speech. If the takeover goes through as planned, Musk has stated that he wants to take Twitter private, open-source its algorithm, combat spambots, and turn the platform into a forum for free speech.

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