Elon Musk Invites To Talk To MPs In London About Taking Over Twitter | Science & Technology News
Elon Musk has been invited to speak to MPs about his proposed takeover of Twitter.
Grandfather Musk did some ambiguous commits as part of Twitter takeover, including introducing verification for all users and addressing the prevalence of spam bots and accounts on the platform.
The chairman of a congressional committee that scrutinizes government legislation on social media wrote to the billionaire at his Tesla headquarters to say that MPs are “concerned about the developments you propose”.
While Twitter’s board of directors has approved the deal, reactions from Twitter users have been mixed and the deal still needs to be conducted by shareholders and regulators.
Analysts have also expressed concern that the Twitter takeover could cause Musk to spend less time with Tesla, the electric car company of which he is chief executive.
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MP Julian Knight, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, said MPs were particularly concerned about his “intention to roll out verification for all users”. Musk, “reiterates our appeal to the UK government”.
Mr. Musk, the world’s richest man by net worth, has frequently expressed concern that Twitter’s controls on free speech have gone too far – despite it being one of the social media platforms least controlled association.
He has also promised to make Twitter’s algorithms public so users can see how content is promoted or demoted, while eliminating the background of spam bots that interfere with the user experience. .
So far, the question of whether Donald Trump, and others who have been banned or suspended from the site, are allowed back in, have remained unanswered, neither by Mr. Musk and the Twitter executives.
MPs call for a balance of civil liberties
Explaining his preference for buying the platform, Mr Musk said: “Freedom of speech is the foundation of a working democracy, and Twitter is a digital town square where issues that matter to the future. The future of humanity is debated.
“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making algorithms open source for reliability, defeating spam bots, and validating all whole human.
“Twitter has huge potential – I look forward to working with the company and the user community to unlock it,” he wrote.
Mr. Knight noted these comments and said the committee was interested in finding a balance between civil liberties and addressing “pervasive, dangerous online child sexual exploitation and abuse.” .
“I know you have expressed your wish that critics remain on Twitter, and this may provide an opportunity to address any criticism in public,” the letter added.
Mr. Musk has yet to respond.
Previously, the committee had not had much success in summoning executives from US companies to appear before it.
The previous president, Congressman Damian Collins, has repeatedly called on Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to personally testify as part of an investigation into misinformation.
Mr. Zuckerberg simply declined, appearing instead before hearings in Europe and the US.