Why Elon Musk’s Twitter buyout is bad for the Middle East

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In April 2022 Twitter accepted a 44 billion dollar bid from Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, to buy the social media microblogging site Twitter. Musk’s hyper-libertarian support of freedom of speech prompted fears that Twitter would degenerate further into a toxic, anything-goes playground. But how social media is used depends on social and political context. Musk’s particular ire of the ‘far left’ is a warning shot to those groups tackling hate speech, disinformation, and persecution. If anything, the libertarian view espoused by Musk will be worrying for minorities, such as Muslims in Eur…

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