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UK Parliament summons Elon Musk — Analysis

British lawmakers have called on billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk to give testimony about his planned $44 billion purchase of Twitter, asking him to detail his vision for the social media giant.

The request was made public early on Wednesday morning by MP Julian Knight, who chairs the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. In a April 29 letter, Knight stated that Musk would be able to appear and discuss his plans on the platform. “in more depth.”

“My committee has noted your proposed acquisition of Twitter and we are interested in the developments you propose,”It also stated: “I know you have expressed your wish that critics remain on Twitter and this may present an opportunity to address any critiques in public.”

Knight also stated that the legislature is in good standing. “keen to learn more about how Mr. Musk will balance his clear commitment to free speech with new obligations to protect Twitter’s users from online harms.”

Elon Musk stated to the Associated Press, “While he is not a billionaire,” “honored”Accept the invitation “it would be premature at this time to accept” given that Twitter’s shareholders have not yet voted to approve the multi-billion-dollar deal.

Knight’s letter comes as British MPs review “online safety”The bill would grant regulators wide-ranging powers to regulate social media and other online platforms. A measure in the bill would require larger websites to permit users to verify their identity and give them the option of not engaging with untrued accounts. 

Musk stated previously that he wants Twitter to succeed. “authenticate all humans,”He did not explain how this could be achieved.

In 2018, the same parliamentary committee issued a similar invite to then-Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (the company has since renamed itself Meta) to answer questions during a probe into ‘fake news’ online, but the executive declined to show up.

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