A poisonous cesspool. A lifeline. A finger on the world’s pulse. Twitter is all this stuff and extra to its over 229 million customers world wide politicians, journalists, activists, celebrities, weirdos and normies, cat and canine lovers and nearly anybody else with an web connection.
For Elon Musk, its final troll and maybe most prolific consumer whose buyout of the corporate is on more and more shaky floor, Twitter is a “de facto town square” in dire want of a libertarian makeover.
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Whether or not and the way the takeover will occur, at this stage within the recreation, is anybody’s guess. On Friday, Musk introduced that the deal is “on hold,” then tweeted that he was nonetheless “committed” to it. On Tuesday, the billionaire Tesla CEO mentioned he’d reverse the platform’s ban of former President Donald Trump if his buy goes by but in addition voiced assist for a brand new European Union legislation geared toward defending social media customers from dangerous content material. Twitter’s present CEO, in the meantime, fired two prime managers on Thursday.
It’s been a messy few weeks and just one factor appears positive: the turmoil will proceed for Twitter, inside and outdoors of the corporate.
“Twitter at its highest levels has always been chaos. It has always had intrigue and it has always had drama,” says Leslie Miley, a former Twitter engineering supervisor. “This,” he says, “is in Twitter’s DNA.”