Will Elon Musk make drastic changes at Twitter?
Some say he is unlikely to do anything to jeopardize the value of his new acquisition.
The news came on Monday that Twitter has agreed to be acquired by Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. The Board accepted an offer of $54.20 per share, an overall purchase price of around $44 billion. This follows a day of rumors that the bid would be successful after Musk managed to put together funding from a variety of sources including Morgan Stanley Bank.
The move represented a fast-paced takeover following Musk’s decision to turn down a seat on the Twitter board earlier this month. Musk himself had more than 80 million followers on the platform. According to an analysis by Emplifi, the CX platform, he gained almost a million new followers on Monday — what may be a record-breaking figure.
Musk also posted his best performing tweet, garnering some three million interactions.
He has made “freedom of speech” his main announced motivation for acquiring the platform, although he has also said the business has “tremendous potential.”
Why we care. It’s wait-and-see time for now. Will Musk help Twitter realize its potential by applying his demonstrated business acumen, or are we on the brink of more social and political theater from someone who has had a series of run-ins with the platform as an ordinary user? People will also speculate about the possible restoration of controversially suspended or closed accounts like that of former President Trump.
Answers to these questions might help us to know if Twitter will continue to be a valuable marketing channel — or even improve. But it’s an interesting experiment to put control of so much U.S. social media effectively in the hands of two men: Zuckerberg at Meta and now Musk at Twitter.
Aron Solomon, chief legal analyst at Esquire Digital, has been following the story closely, and indeed had correctly predicted each step in Musk’s strategy. In an email, he said: “While many people were and are concerned that Twitter may become a completely open playing field with no filters on speech, the forum for free-speech angle may have simply been a distraction for Musk to acquire control of what he sees to be a company that can dramatically increase in value. It would be very surprising if Elon Musk did anything, especially in the short term, to jeopardize the value of Twitter.”
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