Very active on Twitter where he has nearly 82 million subscribers, the boss of Tesla made a remarkable entry into the capital of the company at the beginning of last week by acquiring 73.5 million ordinary shares of the company. He had been offered a seat on the board but finally refused it on Sunday, after a series of suggestions to modify the platform, such as adding an “edit” button or even removing advertisements, the main source of income. from Twitter. “Since I made my investment, I realized that the business would not prosper and serve, in its current form, its societal imperative” of a functional democracy, argues Elon Musk in his official letter of redemption.
His priority, he said on Thursday, would be to weed out spam and scams. But above all, he wants to make content moderation more transparent, so that tweets are no longer “mysteriously promoted or demoted”. Adept at polemics, provocations and dubious jokes, he advocates a broader vision of freedom of expression. “When in doubt, let the tweet exist”, he said, before acknowledging that he had no “not all solutions”. Many NGOs and political figures consider, on the contrary, that Twitter allows too much misinformation and hate speech to pass through.