Shortly before Twitter announced that it is accepting Elon Musk’s $44 buyout offerthe richest man in the world tweeted“I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter because that means freedom of expression.”
His commitment is put to a mild test thanks to another tech billionaire/rocket enthusiast/media mogul. Jeff Bezos quotes a New York Times Reporter tweet suggesting that Tesla’s business interests in China could give the government leverage on Twitter about its new owner, saying“Interesting question. Has the Chinese government just gained a bit of leverage over the town square?”
Bezos is far from the only person with questions, comments, and criticism about Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter (Twitter contributor are probably near the front of the line). Unlike most, however, he owns the Washington Post and has a net worth ($177.5 billion) vaguely in Elon’s range ($264.6 billion).
reports recommend The Elon purchase should be completed without major regulatory issues, but shifting your focus on possible improper influence from a foreign government is one way to spoil things … if you had a few billion dollars plus extra time on your hands. Of course, as Elon once told me: “Tweeting is fun‘ and maybe billionaires are joking just like they’re poking each other on Facebook or something. Or maybe Jeff is like many of us and isn’t sure who his property might belong to unencrypted DMs in a few months.
Or maybe things went a little too far — Bezos followed along with his spicy tweet two more about 90 minutes later and said the answer was “probably not” and that “Musk is extremely good at handling this kind of complexity.
But we will see. Musk is extremely good at handling this kind of complexity.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 26, 2022
Update from April 25 9:47pm ET: Added follow-up tweets from Bezos.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/25/23041965/jeff-bezos-twitter-troll-elon-musk-china-spacex-blue-origin Jeff Bezos only asks questions about Elon Musk, Twitter and China