Teslas and Tweets


Founder and CEO of both the Tesla and SpaceX empires, billionaire businessman Elon Musk recently took on a new industry: social media. After purchasing the popular app, Twitter, Musk has thrusted the service into a new era. The reason behind the $44 billion deal stems from Musk being a self-described “free speech absolutist” with the goal of having the platform be an open, accepting place for all commentary. 

Before Musk’s ownership, Twitter was known for a variety of toxic content and misinformation. Previous owner, Jack Dorsey, stated that cooperate was going to work hard to prohibit the misleading claims about voting and the outcome of the midterm elections that were held in early November. 

Musk assumed ownership of the platform before these borders were to be marked. As an avid free speech supporter, it is nearly a given that Musk will allow Twitter posts to go unmonitored. Therefore, the boundaries, if there are any, are most likely to be pushed by users to see how far they stretch. 

Twitter has already undergone sweeping changes since the purchase in early November. Musk plans to greatly reduce the number of Twitter employees, which currently stands at 7,500 people. The new CEO has ordered job cuts, including the firings of the top company executives and the termination of a few dozen engineers. 

Another controversial change that may occur under the new ownership is the reverse of Donald Trump’s lifetime Twitter ban. 

The previous president of the United States was banned from the platform in early 2021, when Twitter released this announcement:

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021”

Elon Musk has since stated that the ban was a mistake. Further action on this matter since his ownership has yet to take place.