What is the future of Black Twitter under Elon Musk? by Northeastern Global News
Black Twitter, a subset of the platform distinguished by its hashtag, has been supporting and driving causes in the U.S.—including the Black Lives Matter movement—for more than a decade. But the future of the online community is in doubt now that Elon Musk has bought Twitter, says Meredith Clark, an associate professor and founding director of the Center for Communication, Media Innovation and Social Change at Northeastern.
“I have to think about how this place may shift under the ownership of someone who is a son of apartheid, a billionaire who alleges that he’s concerned about free speech but espouses a definition of free speech that is not at all in line with either the legal precepts that we understand or its practice in the United States,” says Clark, author of the upcoming book, “We Tried to Tell Y’all: Black Twitter and the Rise of Digital Counternarratives.”
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