What Elon Musk's Twitter Acquisition Could Mean for Users and Employees

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In this photo illustration, the official profile of Elon Musk on the social network Twitter. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Twitter has reached a deal to sell the company to tech mogul Elon Musk for about $44 billion, valuing the company at $54.20 a share. If the sale goes through, Musk vows to make changes to the platform, most notably loosening speech guidelines and making Twitter’s algorithms open source. In a statement on Monday, Musk said that “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.” Musk’s acquisition of the platform poses many questions around free speech, and some experts have predicted that Musk’s proposed changes could make it easier for spam, misinformation, and illicit content to spread. We’ll talk about what Twitter could look like under Musk’s ownership and what it means for its users and employees.


Bobby Allyn, technology reporter, NPR