While the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk has just been formalized, the former CEO of Amazon did not wait to tickle the new owner of the social network. Indeed, the boss of Blue Origin pointed out via several tweets that Tesla’s business interests in China could give the Chinese authorities a new means of pressure on Elon Musk, now at the head of the blue bird.
As you probably know, Elon Musk is officially the new owner of Twitter since this Monday, April 25, 2022. The board of directors has accepted the takeover offer of $ 44 billion from the boss of Tesla, with a price of share set at $54.20. The billionaire wants to make Twitter “the digital public square where the vital questions of humanity are debated”.
Of course, the acquisition of the blue bird by the CEO of SpaceX raises many concerns, especially since Elon Musk has remained rather vague about the changes that will be made to the functioning of the social network under his control. The avenues mentioned by the billionaire can be summed up for the moment in less strict moderation, the possibility of editing his tweets after publication or even to the assumed integration of cryptocurrencies.
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Jeff Bezos highlights Tesla’s reliance on China
Jeff Bezos, ex-CEO of Amazon and rival of Elon Musk in multiple fields (including the space race with his aerospace company Blue Origin), did not wait to teasing the new owner of Twitter. Indeed, the businessman took up a tweet from journalist Mike Forsythe of the New York Times in order to highlight the links between Elon Musk and China. As a reminder, the Chinese territory is particularly important for Tesla, since it is its second largest marketjust behind the United States.
It is also from Chinese suppliers that most of the batteries that equip the manufacturer’s electric vehicles come from. In fact, Jeff Bezos wonders if this dependence of Tesla on the Chinese market will not give Beijing a new means of pressure on Elon Musk and what is posted on Twitter. Fears expressed by many observers, Vice journalist Melissa Chan in the lead.
“Elon Musk has a Tesla factory in China and he wants to sell more cars there, as many Chinese observers note. What if Beijing pressures him over, for example, a Uyghur or Hong Kong activist Twitter account? Or about the Chinese disinformation bots that operate this platform?”, she wonders on Twitter. If Jeff Bezos quickly dodged his questioning by saying that Musk won’t have any issues on Twitter with China, however, the question remains relevant.
Source : The Verge