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Hunter Biden updates: How Elon Musk's Twitter takeover started a war of ideas

Elon Musk has, through independent journalist Matt Taibbi, released internal documents that seem to show that Twitter, after being requested by Joe Biden’s campaign managers, broke its own norms to scrub out all references to Hunter Biden’s shenanigans that could have implicated his father.

December 03, 2022 / 03:49 PM IST
To make Twitter work as he wants it to, Elon Musk needs to articulate a simple unambiguous one-sentence vision that will inspire and focus his people. (Illustration by Suneesh K.)

To make Twitter work as he wants it to, Elon Musk needs to articulate a simple unambiguous one-sentence vision that will inspire and focus his people. (Illustration by Suneesh K.)

Has there been a more interesting takeover story in recent times than Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter? Almost certainly not.

For one, this is being played out in full 24x7 public gaze, with both Musk and his detractors using the very platform that they are fighting over to announce their moves, stir debate and berate one another.

Also, this is more than business. It is essentially a war of ideas, of what true freedom of expression is. Musk calls himself a “free speech absolutist”; his opponents believe that some speech is too hurtful and dangerous to be permitted and Twitter’s new owner could do irreparable harm to public discourse and society at large.

Musk has always had the air of a scrappy schoolboy about him, and in Twitter, he seems to have found the biggest fight of his life.