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‘With No Board To Oversee, Musk Can Use Twitter Any Way He Wishes’

NEW DELHI: Billionaire Elon Musk has rustled up $44 billion to buy social networking and microblogging site twitter. He will oversee his new empire with no board to oversee what he does or how he does it. That could be problematic for India, argues Jaijit Bhattacharya, president of the Centre for Digital Economy Policy.

Speaking on The Gist show, he pointed to the many issues the government has had with twitter in the recent past including when it suspended the accounts of key political figures.

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But there’s another dimension to the new ownership of twitter. Musk has invested heavily in China and that country is the biggest supplier of batteries to his electric car plant. Twitter is banned in China but Chinese officials and politicians have twitter accounts and there are rumours of Chinese bots used to manipulate information or convey fake news.

Tune in for more in this conversation with Jaijit Bhattacharya on the twitter sale.