An unfolding issue, but Salvatore Babones has an interesting Quadrant piece on Elon Musk and Twitter censorship.
The Twitter Censorship Files: ‘China Would Be Proud
It’s the story of the year, it’s unfolding entirely in public view, anyone could milk it—and only Fox is covering it. Twitter CEO Elon Musk passed a horde of internal e-mails to freelance journalist Matt Taibbi, documenting the platform’s extraordinary efforts to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story, and Taibbi returned the favor by publishing the best bits on Twitter. Tucker Carlson jumped on it. The rest of the mainstream media ignored it.
The piece isn't long and is well worth reading, even though we do not yet know how the issue will develop. The paragraph below sums up the problem very neatly.
The leaders of the Western political establishment, from its 99-year-old godfather Henry Kissinger through the Bidens, Clintons, Obamas, and Cheneys right down to the Romneys, Trudeaus, and Arderns, are all scared to death of the potential of social media to shape an information narrative outside of the control of their own particular social class. To a person they admire China’s governance mechanisms, and they are jealous of the media management tools that the Chinese Communist Party has at its disposal. That’s why they’re so comfortable with TikTok. From their standpoint, the more Western social media come to resemble China’s, the better.
Pointers have been obvious for some time - the Western political establishment does see China as a model for social media and the shaping of information. In a wider political sense, Klaus Schwab has referred to China as a model.