Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon has asked whether China won. “leverage”Over Twitter, after Tesla CEO Elon Muss bought the platform in multi-billion-dollar deal. However, the comment was quickly removed.
Bezos took to social media on Monday to muse about Musk’s purchase of Twitter for $44 billion, insinuating the move might hand Beijing influence over the online “town square.”
“Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square?” he asked, citing a post by New York Times reporter Mike Forsythe outlining Musk’s business dealings in China.
Bezos was soon back to clarifyMusk’s deal will not be terminated, however. “probably not”China should have control of the platform. Instead, predict “complexity in China for Tesla, rather than censorship at Twitter.”
“But we’ll see. Musk is extremely good at navigating this kind of complexity,”He added.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, first proposed his Twitter takeover bid earlier in this month. This was shortly after he had purchased 9.2% of Twitter on April 4. In announcingMusk tweeted the news of the Monday deal. “digital town square”He stressed the importance of maintaining “free speech”The site also promises to open-source its algorithms “to increase trust.”
Despite Bezos’ warnings about Chinese government influence over Western tech firms, his own company faced similar allegations last year after reports that Amazon partnered with a Chinese “propaganda arm”President Xi Jinping to remove any negative reviews. Sources cited to Reuters claim that the e-commerce company did this in accordance with a “government edict,”A part of a “decade-long effort by the company to win favor in Beijing to protect and grow its business in one of the world’s largest marketplaces.”
Tesla also tried to get into China, becoming the second largest buyer after the United States. While Tesla is hoping to lessen its dependence on Chinese graphite to make batteries, the company has supplied these materials for many years from China.
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