Warner Norcross + Judd LLP Partner Brian D. Wassom discussed Elon Musk’s $44B acquisition of Twitter and its implications for the social media platform and for free speech on a WOOD TV interview today.
In the ranging ten-minute interview, Wassom suggested he has cautious optimism for the deal, citing Musk’s pledge to reduce the number of automated Twitter “bots” as beneficial. Wassom said: “Automated Twitter accounts are posting information according to a computer program. They are not real people, but are posing as real people, seeking to influence public perception. Fake accounts spreading propaganda are a threat to the health of society. What walks hand-in-hand with that is [Musk’s plan] to authenticate real users, taking steps to ensure users’ identity to the extent possible, creating genuine conversation which is good for a democratic society.”
Wassom concluded with a reminder that “social media is not an end-all be-all of conversation. Real people interacting in face-to-face conversation and getting opposing points of view – not just relying on our favorite Twitter stream – is the best way to really inform ourselves.”
To watch the full WOOD TV interview, click here.
Wassom is a futurist at heart who tracks legal issues arising from a wide range of cutting-edge technologies. He is chair of Warner’s Emerging Media and Technology Group and has developed a particular focus on matters of creative expression, First Amendment rights, commercial identity and privacy, which spans the legal doctrines of copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity rights, advertising, journalism and related fields.
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