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Timothy L. O'Brien

Elon Musk Is Not What Twitter Needs Right Now

If anything, the social media company should have more moderation, not less.

Two thumbs up for free speech?

Two thumbs up for free speech?

Photographer: BRITTA PEDERSEN/AFP

Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter Inc. for $43 billion — but he has only about $3 billion in cash on hand. Most of the fortune of the world’s richest man, which adds up to some $259 billion, is tied up in Tesla Inc. and other nifty things.

So if he’s serious about a takeover — and there is ample reason for skepticism — he’ll have to sell a chunk of his Tesla shares or get a consortium of big buckaroos with social media interests to chip in. Maybe he can enlist the help of Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen and Donald Trump’s political action committee.