Elon Musk’s Twitter: The story so far

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Elon Musk’s flip-flop and eventual buyout of Twitter divided the internet. We take a look at the major flashpoints.

  • Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter in April, but soon refused to proceed with the deal, citing the prevalence of bots on the platform—a drama that ended with him finally buying the firm on Oct. 28.
  • Within days of becoming "Chief Twit," Musk fired half of Twitter's staff, made working in the office compulsory, and changed the homepage.
  • Musk then reinstated former US President Donald Trump's Twitter account as well as other banned accounts. He promised “freedom of speech but not freedom of reach” to counter hate speech.
  • The firing of Twitter staff, followed by mass resignations at the social media company, sparked predictions of the platform's imminent collapse. But so far, the site continues to function.
  • Musk’s interests in China, and the fact that Twitter has investors from countries where free speech is stifled, has made some question whether Musk can prevent Twitter from being compromised.
  • The changes at Twitter prompted the European regulators to warn the platform to comply with content moderation regulations, or face an EU-wide ban.
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