Elon Musk becoming Twitter's biggest shareholder could be a great step forward, asserts Kalev Leetaru of Real Clear Politics. The company's original loyalty to freedom of speech has slowly faltered, culminating with Donald Trump being banned from its platform. This decision wasn't made by a panel of experts, but by CEO Jack Dorsey himself. In a world where most interactions are growingly online, having free speech arbitrarily limited by Silicon Valley leaders is dangerous. Musk has shown that he favors more transparency and freer speech. His influence could shake up this status quo and help uphold freedom of speech on the internet.
It is dangerous to see Elon Musk become Twitter's top shareholder, argues Robert Reich in The Guardian. He presents himself as a defender of free speech, but this move is about power. Musk has faced criticism and even fines for past tweets that crossed lines, for example claiming that children were "essentially immune" to Covid. He is the richest man on Earth and is seeking to give himself even less accountability than before. With this grip on Twitter, he wants to have the power to influence what information people get and what they don't. This step opens the door for demagogues to acquire speech free from accountability with their wallets.