The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 25, 2022
We have been reminded recently of what oligarchs like to do with their spare cash. Russian business people (men) bought television stations, Elon Musk is now the largest single shareholder in twitter.
Musk owns 9.2% of Twitter, more than four times the shares of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.
The question we might ask is “does Musk think he is buying a company or his version of democracy?” Versions of democracy are aspirations of oligarchs, witness Robert Maxwell.
Twitter clearly presented Musk with a challenge, a different version of democracy
I’m worried about de facto bias in “the Twitter algorithm” having a major effect on public discourse.
How do we know what’s really happening?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2022
We await news on what the new democratic twitter will be. But we should not expect Musk to be buying into Twitter just for commercial reasons, it’s clearly personal and we are set to feel much more of Musk’s personality as a result.
Choose your oligarchs carefully, other platforms are available!