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Owning the Public Sphere, Twitter’s New Phase

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According to Statista, an estimate of 396.5 million users are active on twitter and millions of posts are recorded daily about almost and everything happening around the world. Twitter can therefore be likened to the world’s most active public sphere. This platform has is known for its accountability measures, democratic nature of freedom of speech and its strong policies which even the past president of United States could not overturn. 

In a world where freedom of speech is being ensured to be practiced, to become more powerful in such world, one has to secure ownership of platforms such as Twitter. Beyond power however, Elon Musk- the Tesla boss- claims to have been driven by curiosity and took interest in buying the largest shares at Twitter. 

Prior to this remarkable move, Elon musk had made his views concerning Twitter known to the public in few of his most recent tweets unrelated to Space, electric cars but access to information and he even suggested features needed for communication platforms including Twitter. On April 4th, after series of enigmatic tweets about freedom of speech, news revealed that he had bought 9.2% of Twitter making him the largest shareholder of the company.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk took to twitter tweeting these exact words “oh hi lol”. Of course, the public has reacted to this in so many ways, while some are optimistic about the projected changes to Twitter due to Elon Musk now being part of the ownership, others have shown pessimism concerning this.

Undoubtedly, Elon Musk is an unpredictable business man who takes interest in the unexpected, in recent news, he has also rejected his space in the board of directors thereby cutting shot the predictions of what is to happen in this new phase of twitter. Here are some of the reactions to this:

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