After Tesla CEO Elon Musk signed a $44 billion contract with the social media business, Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos pondered on Monday whether China had acquired control over what happens on Twitter.
“It’s a good question. Is it possible that the Chinese government has gained some leverage in the town square?” Bezos tweeted in response to a New York Times writer who mentioned Tesla’s big market and lithium battery reliance on China.
According to the writer, China will be Tesla’s second-largest market after the United States in 2021, and Chinese battery manufacturers will be important suppliers for Tesla’s electric vehicles. He also pointed out that the Chinese government “had absolutely no control over the platform” when it banned Twitter in 2009. He then suggested that, due to Musk’s acquisition, “That may have just changed.”
However, Bezos went on to warn that Beijing is unlikely to obtain control of Twitter.
“My own answer to this issue is probably not,” remarked the Amazon CEO. “Complexity in China for Tesla, rather than restriction at Twitter, is the more likely conclusion in this regard.”
“But we’ll have to wait and see. Musk is a master at navigating this level of complexity “Bezos threw in his two cents.
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