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Internet technologies have meant that the public sphere has now become digital, but what does that mean for its ownership? (Gian Cescon/Unsplash)

Elon Musk’s proposed takeover of Twitter raises questions about its role in the digital social infrastructure

Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is seen as a threat to the digital public square. International regulation is required to protect internet users’ access to democratic public spaces.
Twitter will soon be without the benefits – and problems – of a public board of directors. A-Digit/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

Elon Musk won’t have a board to watch him when he takes Twitter private – does that matter?

Musk’s tweets badgering Twitter’s board raised important corporate governance questions about a board’s purpose and whether its members should own shares in the company they oversee.
Elon Musk’s moment of triumph is a moment of uncertainty for the future of one of the world’s leading social media platforms. AP Photo/John Raoux

Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter could make its misinformation problems worse

Twitter, more than other social media platforms, fosters real-time discussion about events as they unfold. That could change now that Musk has gained control of the company.
A lawsuit filed on April 12 alleges that Tesla CEO Elon Musk illegally delayed disclosing his stake in Twitter so he could buy more shares at lower prices. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

If Elon Musk succeeds in his Twitter takeover, it would restrict, rather than promote, free speech

Elon Musk’s attempt to take over Twitter uses free speech as the motivation, but research shows that unregulated online spaces result in increased harassment for marginalized users.

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