It’s been a year since Elon Musk bought Twitter, now known as X, promising to rejuvenate the “digital town square”. By all measures it has been an abysmal failure. 

After paying an inflated $44bn, Musk admits the platform is now worth half that. Most advertisers have fled — in no small part because the self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” retrenched the human beings doing the moderation, creating a disinformation quagmire. Last month the EU launched an investigation into X over “the alleged spreading of terrorist and violent content and hate speech” relating to the Hamas-Israel war. ..

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