Zuckerberg to be run out of town
My first reaction to Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter was one of faint bemusement. Does it really matter which over-sized ego billionaire runs the company? Is there really any direction Twitter could take which might remove it from my list of despised ‘social’ media outlets? But on further reflection, taking Musk at his word that he wants it to be a genuine platform for ‘free speech’ there are some innovations he could introduce that might turn it into something more useful. He could, for example, make it mandatory that every Twitter account is linked to a real person identifier, removing the curtain of anonymity which enables so many nasty people to courageously share their abusive thoughts without fear of comeback. He could, like the tech-wizard he is, immediately stop the trolls, the bots and cyberspace surveillance merchants using the platform for their own nefarious ends. And since Musk clearly wants to run the world (he is currently its richest man, with the possible exception of Putin) he might also use it to launch a Presidential bid. The future is bold. The future is Musk. Mmmm. I think the world would be a better place if he went into luxury handbags instead.
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