Moscow (The Times Groupe)- The world’s richest man Elon Musk has agreed to buy Twitter for $44 billion, ending a saga that included hostile takeover threats before giving him personal control of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms.
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesperson, said Thursday that Russia would wait and see how Elon Musk’s ownership of Twitter will affect the platform. Peskov expressed doubt that Western social media are capable of reflecting different views.
The SpaceX CEO struck a deal Monday to acquire Twitter for $44 billion, capping a saga in which hostile takeover threats preceded the acquisition of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms.
Before, Twitter, which famously served as a megaphone for former US president Donald Trump, banned the then-US president Donald Trump from the platform. Musk, a self-described “free-speech absolutist,” said he wants to reform Twitter’s overzealous moderation.
Twitter is the digital town square where important issues affecting humanity are discussed and debated,” Musk said in a statement. Additionally, I hope to make Twitter better than ever by adding new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating spam bots and authenticating all users.”