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What Happens to #BlackTwitter When Musk Takes Over?

Black Twitter users are worried that Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover will open the floodgates to harassment. 

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Twitter and Musk’s Stance on Free Speech

BlackPlanet? Tumblr? Or, God forbid — MySpace?

Those were some of the alternatives to Twitter floated by Black users contemplating leaving the social media platform following news that Elon Musk is buying it in a $44 billion deal. The Tesla Inc. chief executive officer’s plans for the brand center around fixing what he calls “free speech” problems, but his complaints have relied heavily on the dog whistles of the extremely online segment of the political right. That has Black Twitter users, along with other minorities, worried that the floodgates are about to be swung open for harassment, abuse and more.