Sarafina Spautz / HuffPost
TWITTER – His appetite obviously knows no bounds. the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk, for the hefty sum of 44 billion dollars, does not fail to raise questions and reactions. including those of Jeff BezosAmazon boss and Elon Musk’s rival in many areas such as the space race (Elon Musk in the lead SpaceXwhile Jeff Bezos is the boss of Blue origin).
Taking a tweet from Mike Forsythereporter for the New York Times, the Amazon boss highlighted the links between Elon Musk and China, wondering in a tweet if the “Chinese government” would not have had “some influence” on the contents published on Twitter thanks to this operation .
An extension of Chinese censorship?
The Tesla company, also owned by Elon Musk and known for its successes in the production and sale of electric cars, is in fact widely established in China, which is its second largest market. The electric car company also obtains most of its batteries from Chinese suppliers.
Will Tesla’s reliance on China affect Elon Musk’s future decisions about what is posted (or not) on Twitter? This is what several observers are asking, as China has banned Twitter from its territory – like many Western social networks that run away. Online censorship of Chinese power.
The new acquisition of Elon Musk could therefore be an opportunity to influence the content that is broadcast there outside of China. “What if Beijing pressured him on, for example, a Twitter account of a Uighur or Hong Kong activist? Or about the Chinese disinformation bots that run this platform? “, Melissa Chan also askedAmerican journalist, after the announcement of the acquisition.
A long-standing rivalry
However, after asking the question about the potential influence of the Chinese authorities on Elon Musk – without providing the slightest concrete information on the subject – Jeff Bezos continued his tweets saying that “no, probably”, China will not win. on Twitter via Elon Musk. According to Bezos, the main problem his rival will face will be the “complexity” of the Tesla establishment in China, rather than potential Twitter censorship. The Amazon leader then points this outElon Musk “He’s extremely good at navigating this kind of complexity.”
However, the original question was asked. And this reaction marks a new episode of a rivalry between Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk which does not date back to yesterday. Immensely wealthy thanks to the new American tech companies, the two billionaires are competing both in the field of accumulated fortune and in the conquest of space. And they are not stingy with spades, each defending their ideas publicly, as shown in the video below.