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Twitter is a social media platform that lets people share their views in short messages called Tweets. It has strict rules for users – for example, people must not use hate speech or show support for terrorism, or threaten violence. Tweets that break its rules are removed and users can be banned. Some people think Twitter is wrong to do this because everyone has a right to free speech.

On April 25th Twitter was in the news because Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, bought it for around $44 billion. He has promised to increase free speech on Twitter.

Comments (29)

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 May 2022

    +1 Will Elon Musk's Acquisition Make Twitter More Popular? * yes ; Because he wrote: “I want to make [the site] better than ever by improving the product with new features, making open source algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and authenticate all humans.” Even Twitter has huge potential, I look forward to working with the company and the user community to unlock it.” This indicates that Twitter will become more popular and used. He also gave Elon Musk bonuses for existing shares that no longer make sense, when they are redeemed, giving employees a potential advantage in the event the company goes public again.

  • British Council.jpg super_writer | Beitsurik Girls Basic School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 May 2022

    my answer is no
    I said this because: because when a person who uses the Twitter platform hates some groups of people and writes and publishes a tweet, it may be offensive to the people he hates and uses hate speech or shows support for terrorism and expresses his opinion freely and no one punishes him and other users see this tweet It can lead to problems and spread hatred in societies, and a Twitter user can spread false news. Someone can believe this fake news and lead to spreading problems among people and spreading hate and hatred. These things lead to not downloading the Twitter application and not using it, which leads to losing a lot of money for the owner of the Twitter company. Leading the company to bankruptcy

    1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
      super_writer's comment 06 May 2022

      Super_writer, thank you for your comment. You are correct that having unrestricted free speech on Twitter could make it unpopular. However, I am on Twitter myself - I don't think that the rules banning hate speech are always enforced.

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    06 May 2022

    Yes, Elon Musk's takeover will make Twitter more popular. I said this because Elon Musk is the world's richest man, and he holds a significant influent on this world's people in changing their opinions. To make it more obvious and to show what effects can Elon Musk bring ok the general opinion, CNN shows the power of Elon Musk that he became the most powerful man on this planet
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/26/business/elon-musk-richest-person-twitter-tesla-spacex/index.html so by his popularity and as the owner of Twitter, Twitter will gain a lot more popularity.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      amazing_reflection's comment 06 May 2022

      Well done for sharing where you found your information, amazing_reflection. You really got me thinking: does popularity mean power? What's your opinion?

      1. British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 07 May 2022

        popularity means power in specific conditions. There are two types of popularity which are as follows:
        1) popularity from negative situations, as being popular for commiting crimes, or being a popular thief. This type doesn't make the person powerful, but it makes him/her weak, because the causes of popularity in this type are negative ones that people repel from and be against.
        2) popularity from positive situations, which Elon Musk is the first to represent, as the popularity from smart inventions like Tesla, and popularity from inventions of rockets, such successful man has so much influence on the public opinion, and this is the main reason that gives him power.
        This is a site that shows how Elon Musk gained such popularity and power. https://explorenewideas.com/the-success-story-of-elon-musk/#:~:text=Visionary%20scientist%20and%20tech%20entrepreneur%20Elon%20Musk%20gained,of%20the%20most%20famous%20personalities%20on%20the%20planet

      2. British Council.jpg caring_personality | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 08 May 2022

        Allow me to answer your question. I think popularity is the basis of a person's strength. For example, in elections, if a candidate is unpopular, he will not be elected and he will not be strong, because it is the people who decide who will be the president. Thus popularity becomes the criterion from which power stems and if someone faces a problem and has great popularity, that will make people help him in solving the problem.

      3. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 09 May 2022

        Yes, of course, popularity is the first supporter and encouragement for a person, which gives him the strength and motivation to break into many areas of work, in addition to that popularity is his credit that he made throughout his professional life, so he sees that it is the force with which he faces his opponents, and that his popularity is like a fortress that protects and defends him

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 May 2022

    Will Elon Musk's acquisition make Twitter more popular? * yes ; Because the Twitter application is popular, "popular means power" is also an application that has a great impact on the people of this world in changing their opinions and views! Even Twitter has huge potential, I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.” This shows that Twitter will become more popular and used. Elon Musk also added a button on the Twitter app and improved the product with new features, made open source algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and befriend all humans.”

  • British Council.jpg happy_statement | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    07 May 2022

    Many users of this program have abandoned it because of banning them when they talk about some things that contradict the views of the previous Twitter administration, and there are those who did not use the application from the beginning, knowing that they will got banned from the application if they expresses their opinion freely. Add to this that it is possible for users of other applications such as Facebook, for example, will resort to Twitter for the same reason, which is to obtain the freedom to express an opinion that they are forbidden from it there. So yes, Twitter will become more popular than before.

  • British Council.jpg champion_seed | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 May 2022

    said this because By developing it with satisfactory things that satisfy everyone, and do not provoke anger and panic among people, it is true that it allows freedom of expression, but it has to set rules on this, be on the responsibility of its officials or supervisors, on the example of whoever evaluates this project, you are responsible for it, I will explain more consistent project according to my knowledge (Tom) But by creating this project and the idea, of course you thought about creating it, so as not to provoke anger, specific times, specific hours. He responded to the most uneven and accurate commen

  • British Council.jpg genuine_memory | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    08 May 2022

    My answer is yes, I said this because the acquisition of Elon Musk will lead to an increase in the popularity and popularity of Twitter on the other hand, and because he has many experiences and skills, which will attract many young people to learn these experiences, and among these experiences are an engineer, inventor and investor. He also contributed to the establishment of a company and had several positions in it, including these Positions are designer and such personalities will help to increase the popularity of Twitter in many ways, including benefiting from his multiple experience and learning from his information regarding engineering, inventions and designs. He also made a promise to Twitter users that he would make it more free of expression, and this is one of the most important reasons.

    1. avatar.jpg Rachel @ KPMG
      genuine_memory's comment 09 May 2022

      Thanks for your comment genuine_memory, it's interesting that you suggest promoting freedom of expression on Twitter will make it more popular. Do you think there are people who may be less likely to use Twitter if there is more freedom of expression? Why, why not?

  • British Council.jpg open_construction | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    08 May 2022

    My answer is Yes
    I said this because he has said in more than one statement that he will increase freedom of expression and new commitments to protect Twitter users from harm online. In addition, the Digital Commons, Culture, Media and Sports Committee said it wanted to learn more about the billionaire's plans to balance "freedom of expression" with "obligations to protect Twitter users." As reported by BBC News, https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61303221, UK MPs have called on Musk to test Twitter's plans in more depth with his proposals and we look forward to welcoming him."

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    08 May 2022

    +1 Will the acquisition of Elon Musk increase the popularity of Twitter? * yes ; Because he previously said he wanted to "make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features." And he wants to make improvements to help make the platform he describes as “niche.” Twitter said the paid add-on will add features such as an "Undo Tweet" button, bookmarks, and a reader mood. He added at the annual "Met Gala" party Monday in New York that he will make Twitter transparent about how the tweets are promoted or demoted, and he wants its platform available for public scrutiny. But Musk said the site would remain free for "regular users". And this thing attracts large numbers to view and download the Twitter application!

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    08 May 2022

    My answer is Yes
    I said this because people will have the chance to remove the truth. I think it is good for the people to remove the out and even criticize because critics are the ones who tell you the truth about what they feel about your tweet. Our teachers in class always say that critics are the ones who make you grow because you will be competing with their choice and your fans will agree with you all the time and soon you will get bored of work but critics make you change all the time. Steve Harvey once said that critics make you grow more than fans and that is how he became famous.

    1. avatar.jpg Jane @ KPMG
      rational_grape's comment 13 May 2022

      Hi rational_grape, thank you for your comments! It's amazing to bring what you have learnt in class and reflect the real life example (Elon Musk taking over Twitter) on it.
      When you say crisis is beneficial to you as it can help you to grow, do you mean that we should welcome crisis and accept it?

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    08 May 2022

    +1 Will the acquisition of Elon Musk increase the popularity of Twitter? * yes ; Because Elon Musk is rich and probably thinks he can do whatever he wants, so he looks at what most people want and gives it to them, but on the other hand he can provide more updates on Twitter and make more people happy. Elon Musk wants to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features.” And he wants to make improvements to help increase the platform's "niche" appeal!

  • British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 May 2022

    I say that the richest man in the world Elon Musk bought Twitter for freedom of expression on the one land , and on the other hand he bought Twitter in order to earn and also increase his popularity to show that he is the most powerful man in the world.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 May 2022

    Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter, I think, will increase its popularity rapidly, because a man with that advanced professional and intellectual mentality, did not possess it unless he has a future vision for the advancement of this application, and that he seeks effective democracy, which has a societal necessity that everyone dreams of, I think he will do a lot and serve Many people will achieve the demands of freedoms that have become the dream of some. From this standpoint, Elon Musk will build popularity and a strong Twitter balance, in addition to Elon Musk can be an example for other businessmen to follow and be a starting point for freedoms on technological applications.

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_starfish | Ormiston Bushfield Academy B | United Kingdom
    09 May 2022

    My answer is Yes
    I said this because I believe Elon Musk will make Twitter more popular because a lot of people have been asking for free speech, but personally, I think there is a difference between free speech and impoliteness. But to be fair to Musk, he is trying to stop people doing free speech with an anonymous account and making people say things under their own name. Not just that but lots of people express opinions without knowing they are. And some people can say something that some people will get hurt by when they don't do it on purpose. This is why free speech needs to be treaded on carefully.

  • Cheam Fields logo sympathetic_swan | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    09 May 2022

    +1 Will the acquisition of Elon Musk increase the popularity of Twitter? * yes ; Because he previously said he wanted to "make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features." Elon Musk is the world's richest man, and he is really good to persuade people in changing their opinions.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 May 2022

    My answer: Yes, because Elon Musk is the richest man in the world. It is natural for people to be affected by him, for example, when he is influenced by YouTube stars (YouTubers), and also, as he said, I will make Twitter better than it was!

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    11 May 2022

    Will the acquisition of Elon Musk increase the popularity of Twitter? * yes ; 1- Because Elon Musk bought Twitter to gain and increase his popularity as well, to show that he is the most powerful, important, and richest man in the world. 2- Because Elon Musk is rich and probably thinks he can do whatever he wants, so he looks at what most people want and gives it to them. 3- Elon Musk can provide more updates on Twitter and make more people happy. Elon Musk wants to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features.” And he wants to make improvements to help make the platform he calls “niche” even more attractive! Large numbers to watch and download the Twitter app! 5- Twitter said that the additional paid service will add features such as a button Undo Tweet, bookmarks, and reader mood! 6The most important reason is that I believe that Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter will rapidly increase his popularity, because a man with this advanced professional and intellectual mentality did not possess it unless he had a future vision for the development of this application, and that he seeks an effective democracy, which has a societal necessity that he dreams of Everyone, I think he will do a lot, serve a lot of people, and fulfill the demands of freedoms that have become the dream of some .

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg creative_dinosaur | Boutcher C of E Primary School B | United Kingdom
    11 May 2022

    the twitter takeover is blowing peoples minds it is making people adicted to social media

    THIS IS NOT GOOD WE NEED TO ACT TO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      creative_dinosaur's comment 11 May 2022

      Can you explain how the takeover is causing an addiction to social media, creative_dinosaur?

  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg openminded_history | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    11 May 2022

    Yes I said this because people support Elon Musk with his electric cars saving the environment so he will have popularity for that. He also has a company called SpaceX and people support his rockets that land and his effort to try to get to Mars. Another company he has is the boring company which builds tunnels underground for cars.

  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg distinguished_location | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    11 May 2022

    My answer is Yes
    I said this because people like Elon Musk and his companies. For example, Tesla is a company, by Elon Musk, that makes electric cars. Many people are fans of this company and would most likely move from other social media sites, such as Meta's facebook and instagram, to Twitter, now that Elon Musk owns it.

  • Cheam Fields logo excellent_solution | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    11 May 2022

    My answer is Yes
    I said this because Elon Musk is the richest man in the world meaning with all that money he can add new features and advertise it on a television and he will still have a lot of money left in the bank and if he advertises it people will find out about it for the first time and then really enjoy and then they can tell their friends about it and then it will just keep spreading.

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