Amazon founder Jeff Bezos shared a conspiracy that Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter could empower China — just to later admit it was “probably” unfounded.
The Washington Post owner took aim at the only person in the world richer than him soon after Musk called his new $44 billion purchase “the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”
“Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square?” Bezos asked late Monday.
He shared a New York Times reporter’s tweet which noted how China was the second biggest market for Tesla, Musk’s pioneering electric car company that also opened its first overseas factory in Shanghai.
Twitter is blocked in China, giving it no leverage over the site — which the Bezos-shared conspiracy suggested could change under Musk. Soon after getting thousands of reshares for his tweet, Bezos followed up by admitting he did not really believe it.
“My own answer to this question is probably not,” he added in a follow-up tweet that fetched fewer views. “The more likely outcome in this regard is complexity in China for Tesla, rather than censorship at Twitter,” he said.
“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” he wrote on his new site.
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