But it has grown nonetheless, at least in the United States, in terms of downloads: “Data from two independent research firms, Apptopia and Sensor Tower, indicate that downloads and activity on Twitter are on the upswing in the weeks since Musk bought it and in comparison to last year, appearing to confirm Musk’s recent boasting that he has reinvigorated the social media app. ” (NBC News, November 30, 2022)
The big issue, of course, is Musk’s commitment to free speech for people other than the Twitterati.
The US government has hinted a few times that it might get involved, citing a variety of issues such as foreign access to user data, ”misinformation and hate.” and national security. Although Musk was born in South Africa and his mother is a Canadian, he is a naturalized American citizen (2002).
One issue that will certainly arise if the White House chooses to get involved is its apparent involvement in political censorship on Twitter: For example, “There’s new evidence that Biden officials wanted the site to ban Alex Berenson.” (Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, August 12, 2022)
This might be the hardest moment ever broadcast LIVE on Fox News as John Kirby attends his own flogging over Regime’s explicit targeting of Twitter and @elonmusk while allowing Apple to trample Free Speech and collude with CCP
Just Watch This.
All the way to the end. pic.twitter.com/szDBof2CBb
— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) November 30, 2022
You may also wish to read: Why do Twitter jobs matter more than data privacy? The Musk ‘n Twitter show won’t leave town any time soon and it obscures a much bigger, deeper issue. Even Norton is concerned about the data-harvesting influence of China-owned Tik Tok, which is hardly noticed by comparison with the Musk n’ Twitter show.