Buying Twitter ‘is not a way to make money,’ says Musk in TED interview

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Speaking for the first time since news broke of his attempts to buy all of Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his offer had been made for the public good.

Musk emphasized that he was motivated by the public interest value of the platform. “Twitter has become kind of the de facto town square. So it’s just really important that people have both the reality and the perception that they’re able to speak freely within the bounds of the law,” Musk said.

Musk was speaking at TED 2022 conference in Vancouver; the interview was opened up for livestreaming earlier this morning.

Asked why he wanted to buy Twitter, Musk opened with a joke. “I don’t know,” Musk told a live audience. “A little bird tweeted in my ear or something.”

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Author: Mia Sato