Just before Twitter announced it was accepting $44 buyout offer from Elon Musk, the world’s richest man tweeted“I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter because that’s what free speech means.”
His deployment gets a mild test thanks to a fellow tech billionaire/missile enthusiast/media mogul. Jeff Bezos quoted a New York Times the reporter’s tweet pointing out that Tesla’s business interests in China could give the government influence on Twitter through its new ownership, proverb“Interesting question. Has the Chinese government just gained a little influence over the town square?”
Bezos is far from the only person with questions, comments, and criticism about Elon Musk buying Twitter (Twitter employees are probably front and center). However, unlike most, he owns the Washington Post and has a net worth ($177.5 billion) that is vaguely within Elon’s range ($264.6 billion).
Reports suggest the Elon purchase should be completed without many regulatory issues, but raising awareness of possible undue influence from a foreign government is one way to blow the works…if you spend a few billion dollars and some have extra time. Of course, as Elon once told me:Twitter is fun‘, and maybe this is exactly how billionaires joke like poking each other on Facebook or something. Or maybe Jeff is like many of us and a little worried about who might own his unencrypted DMs in a few months.
Or maybe it went a bit too far – Bezos followed up his snappy tweet with two more posted about 90 minutes later and said the answer is “probably not” and that “Musk is extremely good at navigating this kind of complexity.
But we’ll see. Musk is extremely good at navigating this kind of complexity.— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) Apr 26, 2022
Update April 25, 9:47 PM ET: Added follow-up tweets from Bezos.