China is important to Tesla. Very, very important. Now that Elon Musk is buying out Twitter, Jeff Bezos, the second-richest man in the world after Musk, has raised some concerns about whether Musk (and Twitter) might be influenced by China when it comes to making decisions about the platform.
Twitter is used by about 217 million people, and Musk’s buyout has brought up questions about the massive influence of a wealthy and powerful individual (with many different business interests) over its future – especially considering its role as a global political, media and information hub.
Bezos seemed to walk back his suggestion a bit a few hours later, adding “But we’ll see. Musk is extremely good at navigating this kind of complexity.”
“Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square?” tweeted Jeff Bezos. “My own answer to this question is probably not. The more likely outcome in this regard is complexity in China for Tesla, rather than censorship at Twitter.”
“I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means,” said Elon Musk on Monday.