When Jack Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, congratulated Elon Musk on taking over the company on April 25, it was obviously via the social network. The two American Tech figures would have formed a friendship as early as one or two and would share a close ambition for the future of Twitter.
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Elon Musk’s love for Twitter was no secret. The billionaire began being active on the platform in 2015. He began by recounting the successes of his he companies, mainly Tesla and SpaceX, then broadened the spectrum by delivering the thoughts of him or his trolls to his current 90 million subscribers.
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His love of social networks created problems for him. He was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US stock exchange policeman, over his tweets about Tesla in 2018. That didn’t stop him from canceling the manufacturer’s press service in 2020, considering his Twitter account would be enough. , in part, to replace it.
It is also from the year 2020 that a friendly relationship will be born between Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey, still CEO of Twitter. The two men swap more and more on their favorite platform, to discuss the evolutions to bring to it. Extended correspondence once Jack Dorsey kindly pushed out the door from the Council in late 2021.
According to information from Wall Street newspaper, it is not uncommon to see Elon Musk chatting via private message with his new friend. Together they share the belief that running Twitter would be more efficient if it became a private company, as in its origins.
They see Twitter as a public good, the potential of which is being wasted by the short-term interests of the stock market. On April 26, one of the first things Dorsey will explain is ” The fact that Twitter is a public company has always been my biggest problem and my biggest regret. He adds: “Taking it back from the stock market is already the first positive step “.
He continues talking about his Twitter image, ” in principle, I don’t think anyone should own or operate Twitter. The network must be a public good at the protocol level. However, Elon is the only solution I trust. I am confident in its mission to bring beyond the light of consciousness “. An echo of Elon Musk’s own statement, published the day before,” Twitter is the digital public square where vital issues for the future of humanity are debated “.
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Both men also share elements of the libertarian political vision. Both are champions of absolute freedom of expression. In January 2021, when Donald Trump was banned from Twitter following the events on Capitol Hill, Jack Dorsey was initially opposed to the move before changing his mind. On Elon Musk’s part, this decision upset him a lot.
According to Wall Street newspaper, a group dubbed “PayPal Mafia”, close to similar political views, allegedly imitated Jack Dorsey by encouraging Elon Musk to take over Twitter. Among them are former students of the payments company founded by a billionaire, investors Peter Thiel and David Sacks, Steve Jurvetson, former Tesla board member and current SpaceX executive, and Elon’s brother Kimbal Musk. .
This broad view of free speech excites the far right, eager to make a blast on both sides of the Atlantic. A worrying prospect.
Elon Musk has for the moment declared that this freedom of expression would be in accordance with national laws. The CEO is also known for following his instincts without a set plan, where improvisation plays an important role. Jack Dorsey will have the opportunity to judge whether his new friend’s ideas are going in the direction of the Twitter he has always dreamed of. In any case, he will receive at the end of the operation a nice check for 1 billion dollars thanks to his shares.