Musk’s Twitter Purchase Is Bad News for Latin America’s ‘Public Square’

people in latin america use twitter during a protest
People takes photos and video with their cell phones during an anti-government music concert after days of protests, Santiago, Chile, Oct. 27, 2019 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).

In South America, Twitter has become an online extension of real-life political battlefields, and likely will remain so given economic forecasts for the coming year. That raises big questions over how Elon Musk’s ownership of the platform will affect how protests are organized, how governments respond and how disinformation spreads.

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