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Bezos asks if Musk's Twitter deal will signal change in China content policy

Stock Markets Apr 26, 2022 02:47PM ET
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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos has asked in a post on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) if Elon Musk's $44 billion cash deal to buy the U.S. social media platform gives China "a bit of leverage over the town square".

Twitter is blocked in China, where Musk, the world's richest person, has key business interests.

Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist and has criticised Twitter's content moderation policy, reached a deal on Monday to buy the company.

Political activists expect that Musk's ownership of Twitter will mean less moderation and the reinstatement of banned individuals including former U.S. President Donald Trump.

There are also questions on what the deal will mean for Twitter's China content policy as Musk's Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) relies heavily on China for production and vehicle sales.

"Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square?" Bezos tweeted late on Monday.

"My own answer to this question is probably not. The more likely outcome in this regard is complexity in China for Tesla, rather than censorship at Twitter," he later tweeted.

Musk said in a tweet on Monday: "I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means."

China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday there was no basis to speculation that Beijing could try to use leverage over Tesla in order to influence content on Twitter.

A Tesla spokesperson said the company has no comment. Twitter did not immediately reply to a Reuters' request for comment.

Bezos asks if Musk's Twitter deal will signal change in China content policy
 

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Tims Mopheme
Tims Mopheme Apr 26, 2022 1:54PM ET
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Hey Jeff , Elons networth is down 12% Mind catching up ??
John Laurens
John Laurens Apr 26, 2022 5:32AM ET
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when in Rome... It's easy. Twitter is not for China by design. I doubt Elon will even bring it up when there. This is just green jealousy on the part of Bozo... I mean Bezos..
Wilks Campbell
Wilks Campbell Apr 26, 2022 5:22AM ET
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That is why Trump will still stay away from Twitter! Elon is cunning not trustable!
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gab nea Apr 26, 2022 2:54AM ET
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so he bought Twitter to help the chinese get back on twitter, where he has business dealings, not trump. lmao
 
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