Friday, December 02, 2022

Twitter: A social network affiliated with the US government?

Twitter: A social network affiliated with the US government?

Shortly before the 24-hour deadline for Twitter’s purchase expired, tycoon Elon Musk issued a message on Twitter to “advertisers” on that social network, explaining his reasons for buying the network.

According to the Tesla and SpaceX owner, the first reason he acquired Twitter at an astronomical price of $44 billion was that “it is important for the future of civilization to have a shared digital class where there is a broad spectrum of beliefs.”

However, he clarified that, as per his vision, Twitter cannot become a ‘free hell for all, where anything can be said without consequences’, but must ‘respect the laws’.

Similarly, he confirmed that advertising will have a relevant place in the network, under his auspices, however, more than making money, what matters to him is ‘helping humanity’, which he loves.

Musk acknowledged in his message that “social networks run the risk of increasing the polarization of public opinion between the extreme right and the extreme left, something that even traditional media has fallen into, and he wants to help address this risk.” Is.” ,

An example of this polarization is the suspension, for a week, of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s account announced this Thursday by Twitter, following the publication of a ten-minute video in English about ‘provocations organized by the Kyiv regime in Bucha’. In, Izium and Kupiyansk’.

Or the recent censorship against various Cuban media labeled as government-affiliated media, under the caveat that their content, due to this condition, would have limited publicity. It’s worth clarifying that the practice of creating invisible messages that don’t fit entirely within the confines of Twitter’s “democratic” laws has been somewhat common in that social network, thanks to revelations that surfaced during purchase negotiations. is in accordance. Network by Musk.

By the way, this Wednesday the billionaire published a video of his arrival at Twitter headquarters carrying a sink, which some wanted to see as an announcement of Musk’s intention to “clean up” the mess on the network, among others. Huh. , the use of false accounts as weapons of war to arbitrate attacks on countries that the United States government does not like, to which Twitter allegedly does not respond.

Now, with the new acquisition, it remains to be seen what Elon Musk’s concepts of “civilization” and “humanity” are and who will benefit from the “laws” that social networks must respect.

It is advisable – until the contrary is proved – to label Twitter, at least in our minds, as a private for-profit company affiliated with the interests and values ​​of the administration in power in the White House government.

Let’s hope that the “future of civilization” referred to by the owner of SpaceX manages to materialize on Earth and we don’t have to wait for it to materialize in our dream conquest of Mars.

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