The informal war between the two richest persons in the world – Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos – has seen a brand-new episode with the former’s buyout of Twitter for $44 billion.
Meanwhile, Bezos is hinting that his rival’s takeover of Twitter may greatly favor the government of communist China.
Bezos Attacks Musk with Rhetorical Question
Musk managed to buy out Twitter after several weeks’ worth of efforts and putting in more than $20 billion of his own money.
His success in purchasing Twitter led the Marxist left to cry bloody murder and consider deleting accounts to inflict financial pain on Musk.
Musk has been increasingly critical of wokeness, with some of his latest tweets blaming Netflix’s downturn on the “woke mind virus,” and comparing another billionaire, Bill Gates, to Apple’s transgender “pregnant man” emoji.
At the same time, Jeff Bezos has been notably pro-leftist, with his $250 million purchase of The Washington Post back in 2013.
Shortly after the news broke that Musk succeeded in buying out Twitter, Bezos posted a tweet, wondering whether the $44 billion deal would make Twitter subjected to influence or even pressure from communist China.
The Amazon founder played on Musk’s own post that because of its newsworthiness as a platform, Twitter has become like a “town square.”
Thus, Bezos questioned if “the Chinese government” just gained some “leverage” over that same “town square.”
Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square? https://t.co/jTiEnabP6T
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 25, 2022
My own answer to this question is probably not. The more likely outcome in this regard is complexity in China for Tesla, rather than censorship at Twitter.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 26, 2022
But we’ll see. Musk is extremely good at navigating this kind of complexity.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 26, 2022
Bezos Deems Musk ‘Great at Navigating Complexities’
Bezos’ comment came after a post by a New York Times journalist, which argued that Musk is actually “extremely exposed” to communist China.
Besides being Tesla’s second-biggest market after the United States, China also produces supply battery parts for its EVs.
Twitter has been banned in China since 2009 over protests by the local population in Xinjiang, of the Uyghur ethnicity.
Since then, Beijing communists have embarked on genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Uyghurs, with concentration camps and forced sterilizations, among other horrifying measures.
However, while Twitter isn’t available to its citizens, and thus poses no threat to the communist dictatorship in Beijing, Bezos seemed to be hinting the Chinese government could now use Musk’s ownership of the platform to try to influence western citizens.
Interestingly enough, after he first engaged in the provocation, several hours later, Bezos posted another tweet in which he responded negatively to his own question.
He wrote, in his view, the answer is China probably won’t gain leverage over Twitter through Elon Musk.
Then, Bezos added this is yet to be seen, and he mentioned praise of his rival, noting that Musk happens to be “extremely good at navigating” the sort of “complexity” in question.
Among other things, the rivalry between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos is largely playing out through their space exploration companies: SpaceX founded in 2003, and Blue Origin, founded in 2000, respectively.
can we skip to the part where you both get into your gundams and fight to the death in space
— shoe (@shoe0nhead) April 25, 2022
How much leverage does China have over Washington Post given the percentage of goods sold on Amazon that are dependent on that country for supply?
The way @washingtonpost disses India, I'd say a lot. But it could be an entirely independent prejudice. https://t.co/2poAfo0sZJ
— Sankrant Sanu सानु संक्रान्त ਸੰਕ੍ਰਾਂਤ ਸਾਨੁ (@sankrant) April 26, 2022
Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook. Rupert Murdoch at News Corp. Jeff Bezos at the Post. Elon Musk at Twitter.
Billionaires control too much of the information Americans consume. If billionaires can afford to scoop up media properties as trophies, they can afford to pay their taxes.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 19, 2022