Ukrainian official questions Twitter under Musk ownership

A senior Ukrainian official asked on Saturday whether Twitter would be more or less free under new owner Elon Musk.

“Has the bird really regained its freedom or has it just moved to a new cage?« Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted Saturday, noting Musk’s “unusual moderation” of the website.

Musk has vowed to defend free speech on the social media platform under his ownership, tweeting “the bird is released” on Thursday after completing his acquisition.

Twitter’s new owner had drawn the ire of Kyiv earlier this month after he tweeted a poll that proposed a “Ukraine-Russia peace plan”, which stipulated that Crimea be handed over to Russia with the region’s water supply assured, and the creation of a UN-supervised referendum for determine control of areas annexed by Russia. Fifty-nine percent of the more than 2.7 million respondents voted “no.”

Musk officially took over Twitter earlier this week.

Russia offered a more enthusiastic tone towards Musk’s new position as owner of Twitter, with Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, Tweeter Friday: “Good luck @elonmusk overcoming political bias and ideological dictatorship on Twitter. And leave this Starlink business in Ukraine.

Starlink refers to the thousands of satellite-connected internet devices operated by Musk’s SpaceX company, which have been vital communication for the Ukrainian military.

With post wires

New York Post

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