Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has been the talk of the town for a while now. There are some who feel Twitter would get better under Musk whereas there are others who feel that things could change for the worse. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was recently asked about what he thinks of the move. In an interview with CNBC, Pichai first said that he is an avid Twitter user. “I think it’s an extraordinarily important product for the world, I’ve gotten a lot out of it,” Pichai told CNBC.
He further said that he does see a lot of value in investing in Twitter for the long term. Though Pichai didn’t really name-checked Musk, he said that he would “like to see the product continue to get better” as he thinks that “because it plays an important role in a democratic society.”
In the same interview, Pichai also spoke about how to balance free speech. “I grew up in a large democracy, and the importance of free speech and giving people a voice I think is really foundational,” he said.
Giving examples of how Google deals with free speech and content moderation, Pichai said that Google takes down stuff “that is against the law.” He said Google has clearly stated policies and community guidelines, which help in maximising free speech. “In a product like YouTube, where we recommend and where we can amplify content, we do have community guidelines. So we have clearly stated policies. And we take action. And that’s what actually allows us to maximize free speech, [to] help keep the platform safe for everyone involved,” the Alphabet CEO told CNBC.
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