- Fb whistleblower Frances Haugen instructed Fox Enterprise Information she’s “cautiously optimistic” about Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover.
- Haugen stated taking Twitter non-public may permit Musk to give attention to security modifications.
- She contrasted Musk with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying Musk is healthier capable of obtain suggestions.
Fb whistleblower Frances Haugen, who leaked a trove of Fb paperwork late final 12 months, instructed Fox Enterprise Information she was “cautiously optimistic” about Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.
Haugen testified earlier than the US Congress in October final 12 months saying Fb, which has since modified its title to Meta, persistently prioritized revenue and engagement over person security.
Musk’s plans to take Twitter non-public may provides him the prospect to vary up the corporate’s enterprise mannequin in a means that prioritizes person security with out stress to generate revenue for shareholders, Haugen instructed Fox Enterprise Information.
“I feel there’s an enormous alternative right here for Elon to essentially reveal that there is one other means ahead,” she instructed Fox Enterprise Information.
Haugen contrasted Musk with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, telling Fox Enterprise Information she thinks Musk is extra capable of take arduous suggestions and make significant modifications.
Haugen instructed Fox Enterprise Information Zuckerberg has “surrounded himself with individuals who inform him what he desires to listen to.”
Musk has stated he desires to position a higher emphasis on “free speech” at Twitter, that means he may loosen the corporate’s guidelines on what content material stays on the platform. Specialists instructed Insider this might result in a rise within the quantity of hate speech and disinformation on the platform.
Haugen additionally instructed Fox Information Enterprise the “primary” factor Musk can do to enhance Twitter is “institute actual transparency.”
Musk has stated he desires to open supply Twitter’s algorithm which is able to make it extra clear to folks outdoors the corporate — however taking Twitter non-public may also imply its enterprise shall be much less open to public scrutiny.
It is not fully clear but what actual modifications Musk will make to Twitter, as his deal to purchase the corporate for $44 billion nonetheless has to move shareholder and regulatory approval. The deal is anticipated to shut in October this 12 months.
Forward of creating his supply to purchase Twitter, Musk floated the concept of eradicating advertisements for subscribers to the corporate’s premium service Twitter Blue in a tweet. The tweet has since been deleted.