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Elon Musk says his offer to buy Twitter is about ‘the future of civilization,’ not about making money

Musk said the proposed deal is not about the economy of from Twitter (TWTR) company, but to ensure that Twitter remains a trusted platform for democracy – describing its vision in characteristic terms.

“That’s no way to make money,” Musk told TED chief Chris Anderson. “My strong intuitive feeling is that it is extremely important for the future of civilization to have a public platform of maximum trust that is broadly inclusive.”

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has spoken out against what he sees as a lack of free speech on Twitter, and said Twitter should open up its algorithm to increase transparency in content moderation decisions. business. This would reflect a major change in how Twitter works.

“The code should be on Github so people can browse it and say, ‘I see a problem here’, ‘I disagree with this’, they can highlight issues, suggest changes”, Musk said.

When asked how he would change Twitter’s content moderation, Musk explained that his test of whether a platform adheres to free speech principles is simple: “Does anyone you don’t like is allowed to say something you don’t like? And if you do, then we have freedom of speech.”

Musk thought if a tweet was particularly controversial, maybe the company shouldn’t promote that tweet, but added, “I think we want to be very reluctant to take things down and be very careful with permanent bans; wait times are better.”

Musk acknowledged that even if he bought the company, there would still be mistakes.

“I think everyone is still going to blame me for everything,” he said. “If I acquire Twitter and something goes wrong, it’s my fault, 100%. I think there will be quite a few mistakes.”

When asked if he had a back-up plan if his bid to buy Twitter fell through, Musk said he had “various” ideas. But he coyly declined to give details, saying those would have to wait “another time”.


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