How Musk might impact Twitter and democracy

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Elon Musk’s on again/off again attempts to purchase Twitter appear to be back on track. On Tuesday, the world’s wealthiest person, reversed himself and said that he would honor his original offer to buy Twitter for $44 billion, despite having previously tried to back out of the deal.

Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News)

Musk’s likely purchase of Twitter could impact how Twitter’s millions of users are affected by the platform but it could also impact democracy in the United States and the world because Twitter has an oversized impact on public opinion — beyond just what Twitter’s 238 million active daily users see. Some of what is said on Twitter, at least by its most famous users, is repeated and amplified in other media.

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