Twitter’s 500 Irish employees keep a close eye on developments

Elon Musk’s $44 billion deal to buy Twitter has drawn massive attention around the world.

Here at home, the latest developments are no doubt being closely watched by the company’s Irish staff.

The social media platform employs more than 500 people at its European headquarters in Dublin.

What will the change of ownership mean for them?

Announcing the deal, Elon Musk described Twitter as “the digital city square where issues vital to the future of humanity are discussed.”

He also said that free speech was “the bedrock of a functioning democracy”, but there are concerns about what his definition of free speech might mean.

“It’s very likely to allow almost anyone to say absolutely anything unless it’s very explicitly against the law,” said Professor Jane Suiter, director of DCU’s Institute for Future Media, Democracy and Society.

“We are likely to find a lot more comments on Twitter that a lot of people will find problematic,” he said.

There is speculation that Elon Musk could allow Donald Trump to return to the platform, although the former US president has said he will not return and will instead stick with his own social media platform, ‘Truth’.

Musk has promised to make Twitter more transparent.

“I also want Twitter to be better than ever by improving the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating spam bots, and authenticating all humans,” he said in a statement.

“If you trust Musk, you’ll think it’s a good idea and it’ll make the algorithms more transparent and we’ll understand what it means to be trending on Twitter and what makes that happen,” said Stephen O’Leary of the network monitoring firm olytico social.

“If you don’t trust Musk, then this is a worrying time because we really don’t know what he’s going to do with the platform,” he added.

Elon Musk said he wants Twitter to be better than ever and looks forward to working with the company to unlock its tremendous potential.

The Irish Twitter staff will be wondering exactly where they will fit into your plans.

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