Posted by Ana Abraham.
In recent news, Elon Musk takes over Twitter. After spending months attempting to close a “blockbuster” purchase, at 44 billion dollars the deal was finally closed. Officially naming Elon Musk the new owner of Twitter, one of the most influential platforms to exist. “Musk’s Takeover” was finalized Thursday night, October 27th, 2022. Elon Musk’s purchase of the platform has stirred up all sorts of negative, and surprisingly some positive comments. Elon originally sought to buy the company in April of 2022, and had the main goal to make Twitter a platform of “Free speech”.
Elon wants to “Unlock Twitter’s extraordinary potential”. Tesla CEO, wants to rework and rethink Twitter’s approach of content, he wants Twitter to be a free platform where users can comment and say whatever they want without the potential repercussions of being banned or having a post taken down. There has even been talk about changing the Twitter platform to become an “everything” app that is called X. Elon has even talked about changing the outlay of the app to resemble the popular Chinese app WeChat. Along with all the changes Musk is planning to make, he also “plans to boost Twitter’s value which could involve cutting down its workforce, something he’s hinted at before, the previous reporting suggested that he’d planned to cut 75% of staff” (Duffy).
While to some Elon’s new purchase can be controversial due to the changes he plans to make, I believe that Elon’s changes could actually be a refreshing new concept. I believe that today’s society is incredibly sensitive to almost anything, sharing your own opinion can be extremely controversial especially when it comes to politics. It is so controversial to the point where you can get “canceled” or “blacklisted”. Personally, while I do not have Twitter, I believe having a platform where you can actually use your freedom of speech is refreshing for today’s society. I do not think that a person should be banned from expressing their own political opinions. There are obviously cases where a tweet should be removed here or there but when it comes to merely sharing an opinion that is not harmful to anyone, I do not believe that a person should be banned or have their tweet removed.
Ana Abraham is a business administration major at the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, Class of 2025.