This post was originally published on this siteElon Musk tweeted Friday his deal to acquire Twitter is ‘temporarily on hold’ to review data on spam and fake accounts on the platform.
Texas law prohibiting social media companies from banning users over their viewpoints reinstated by appeals court
This post was originally published on this site By Andrew Zhang, The Texas Tribune May 11, 2022 A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a Republican-backed Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political viewpoints. The decision hands a win to Republicans who have...
This post was originally published on this siteElon Musk has said he wants to promote free speech on Twitter and open up the algorithm to increase transparency. Here’s what else he has shared about his plans for Twitter.
This post was originally published on this site An Ohio House committee passed legislation Tuesday prohibiting social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube from “censoring” their users. The legislation would block the companies from removing posts or expelling people from their platforms based on the “viewpoint” of users or...
This post was originally published on this siteMusk, who struck a $44-billion deal to buy Twitter, is a self-described “free speech absolutist.” Will he let hatemongers and extremists come back?
This post was originally published on this siteTwitter might be more open to considering Elon Musk’s bid for the company after the billionaire outlined his plan to finance the deal.
Elon Musk and Twitter’s board of directors were in advanced talks early Monday over Musk’s unsolicited bid to buy the company for $43 billion, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal report. Twitter’s board met Sunday morning to discuss Musk’s $54.20-a-share offer, and while the board was originally expected to rebuff the bid outright, Musk’s disclosure that he had put together commitments to finance the deal was “a turning point” for the board, the Times says.
“The two sides were discussing details including a timeline to close any potential deal and any fees that would be paid if an agreement were signed and then fell apart,” the Times reports. Wall Street will likely view Musk’s offer views as “the beginning of the end for Twitter as a public company with Musk likely now on a path to acquire the company unless a second bidder comes into the mix,” Wedbush Securities Dan Ives wrote in an investor note on Sunday.
Musk, the founder Tesla and SpaceX, is believed to be the world’s wealthiest person.
This post was originally published on this site Former US president Barack Obama on Thursday called out Silicon Valley, urging tech companies to stop dividing society and undermining democracy, and for political leaders to help guide the way with regulation. Obama said that online platforms have found that “inflammatory, polarizing...
Elon Musk isn’t satisfied with a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter. He wants the whole thing.
The Tesla CEO has offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share in cash, or $43 billion, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The move comes after Musk purchased a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, which made him the company’s largest outside shareholder. He had previously been critical of Twitter, suggesting it does not facilitate free speech.
In the SEC filing, Musk says he “invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy.” But he continues, “Since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.”
Musk says this is his “best and final offer,” and if it isn’t accepted, “I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder.”
After Musk’s 9.2 percent stake in Twitter was revealed, the company initially announced he would also become a board member. “Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our board,” Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said, while Musk promised to work with Twitter to make “significant improvements.”
But in a surprise reversal, just days later, Agrawal announced Musk wouldn’t be joining the board after all. “I believe this is for the best,” Agrawal said. Had Musk become a board member, he would agree not to purchase more than a 14.9 percent stake in Twitter, so the announcement sparked speculation he could plan to increase his stake or try to buy the company.
In his SEC filing, Musk says that “Twitter has extraordinary potential,” adding, “I will unlock it.”
This post was originally published on this siteTwitter CEO Parag Agrawal said billionaire Elon Musk has decided he will no longer join the company’s board of directors.