Washington Post's Max Boot frets Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover bid is a threat to ‘democracy’

After tweeting earlier he wasfrightenedat the prospect, Boot doubled down in a Thursday column decrying Musk’s offer to buy the social media company for more than $ 43 billion and defending himself for believing that the billionaire shouldn’t have a hand on Twitter because heengages in online bullying and traffics hyperbole.

Anyone who thinks the problem with social media is too much content moderation, rather than too little, should not own one of the most powerful platforms online,” 他写了.

Boot said Musk, who seeks to end censorship 在推特上, will not bringbadly needed reformthat the columnist believes needs to occur on the platform and that ultimately Musk’s takeover bid will pose a threat toour embattled democracy.

The column began with an explanation of Boot’s earlier anti-Musk tweet, which was met with derision froman online flash mobof Twitter users.

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Boot’s tweet read, “I am frightened by the impact on society and politics if Elon Musk acquires Twitter. He seems to believe that on social media anything goes. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.

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华盛顿, 直流电 – 行进 09: 埃隆·马斯克, founder and chief engineer of SpaceX speaks at the 2020 Satellite Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020 在华盛顿, 直流电. Musk answered a range of questions relating to SpaceX projects during his appearance at the conference. (Win McNamee / Getty Images摄)

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