Amazon founder Jeff Bezos shared a conspiracy that Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter could strengthen China – only to later admit it was “probably” unfounded.
The Washington Post owner targeted the only person on earth wealthier than him shortly after Musk branded his new $44 billion purchase as “the digital town square where matters important to the future of mankind were debated.” had designated.
“Interesting question. Has the Chinese government just gained some leverage over the town square?” asked Bezos late Monday.
He shared a tweet from a New York Times reporter noting that China is the second largest market for Tesla, Musk’s pioneering electric car company, which also opened its first overseas factory in Shanghai.
Twitter is blocked in China, which gives it no influence over the site – which could change the conspiracy under Musk shared by Bezos.
Shortly after Bezos received thousands of reps for his tweet, Bezos admitted he didn’t really believe it.
“My own answer to that question is probably not,” he says added in an episode Tweet that got fewer views.
“The more likely outcome in this regard is the complexity in China for Tesla and not the censorship on Twitter,” he said.
China’s foreign ministry also insisted on Tuesday that there was no basis for Beijing trying to lobby Tesla to influence content on Twitter.
Musk is currently the richest person in the world according to Forbes That brings his fortune to $268 billion — almost $100 billion more than second-place Bezos’ $171 billion.
Tesla said it had no comment, and Twitter didn’t respond to requests for comment.
However, Musk made it clear Monday that he does not fear those who criticize his takeover of the site, which he wanted to restore to the principles of free speech.
“I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter because that means freedom of expression,” he wrote on his new page.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey also called Musk’s $44 billion acquisition and privatization of the social media platform the “right way” Monday night.
“Elon’s goal of creating a platform that is ‘maximum trust and broadly inclusive’ is correct,” said Dorsey tweeted.
He said: “Elon is the unique solution that I trust. I trust its mission to expand the light of consciousness.”
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