Weekly survey: Will Elon Musk be good for Twitter?

The big buzz in the social media industry over the last week has been Elon Musk buying Twitter for US$44 billion.

I like Twitter a lot. I used it as a source for breaking news and to broadcast my own news from this website. Yeah, there are a lot of trolls and bots that ruin things, but overall, Twitter is a useful town square for news, opinion, and reaction.

Elon has all sorts of plans for Twitter–including some vague “free speech” things–and many of them sound really good at first blush. But when you start digging into the possible implications, there may be reasons to be concerned about Twitter’s future.

So here’s the question:

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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