With Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter, Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has questioned whether Musk’s ownership of Twitter might benefit China at the expense of democracy.
China has banned Twitter since 2009. However, many Chinese citizens use proxy servers to escape the authoritarian regime of the Chinese government. The Washington Times reported that they are accessing news reports that Chinese authorities consider unfavorable.
The illegal use of Twitter in China partially explains why 26,000 Twitter accounts were discovered linked to spreading regime-backed propaganda on the social media platform. Twitter has also closed a large number of Twitter accounts linked to the Chinese Communist Party.
In addition, Musk is already dependent on the special treatment that China gives it to profitability accompanied by Musk’s compliance with the Chinese Communist regime, and there is the possibility of taxation or a complete reversal of the policy soon, the Washington Times reports.
Moreover, Musk’s company, Tesla, relies on loans from China along with Chinese businesses. This could lead to Musk commissioning the Twitter engine, enabling Chinese authorities to detect and attack people who use Twitter, despite the social media app being banned and banned in the country.
Meanwhile, since Musk announced his purchase of Twitter (about Rs 3,41,300 crore), there have been numerous backlashes, the Washington Times reported. According to some, it will open the door to freedom of expression while others fear the consequences that may come from Musk, potentially removing all content modification.