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Quick Update on the Musk n’ Twitter Show

Although Twitter has not “gone dark,” as many tech media types fondly hoped, the White House may be thinking of getting involved
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Tech media types have done their best to chase major advertisers off Twitter since Elon Musk bought it earlier this year.

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)

Stay tuned.

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.

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Quick Update on the Musk n’ Twitter Show