Opinion: What does Elon Musk's Twitter takeover mean for China?

Matthew Brooker and Tim Culpan
Bloomberg Opinion

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Elon Musk tweeted after clinching his $44 billion takeover of the social-networking platform. What about nondemocracies, though?

If there is one government that has reason to welcome Musk taking control of Twitter Inc., it is probably in Beijing. It now has a friendly face in charge of a global channel for information — and misinformation — that is central to Chinese authorities’ efforts to seed and amplify narratives favorable to the Communist Party state.