søndag 1. mai 2022

Why Is No One Talking About Elon Musk's Ties to China?

Ever since Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $44 billion, a debate about free speech and social media has been roiling the internet. The Right sees in Musk a savior from Twitter's liberal bias, while the Left sees in Musk someone who would eliminate content moderation, allowing all manner of views and speech on the social media platform. Both sides are missing an equally important other side to Musk's potential acquisition, namely, that this deal may help Communist China.

The issue was raised by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who earlier this week tweeted, "Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square?" Of course, Bezos has done his own share of censorship on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party, so he's probably not the best person to raise this issue. Nonetheless, he has a good point: Musk has a long history of always complying with Communist China's wishes, seemingly due to his extensive business ties with the largest authoritarian regime in the world. And it stands in direct contrast with how he operates in the U.S.