The Impact of the Acquisition of Twitter on the Global South

The acquisition of Twitter by tech billionaire Elon Musk in October 2022 has been widely covered in international media as it holds tremendous potential and challenges for the global community. However, not enough has been written about its impact on the Global South in particular. Twitter 2.0, as Elon Musk calls it after the acquisition, has new upcoming features such as paid verification, changes to content moderation policies, enabling payments, advertising as entertainment, and more. These changes will have implications for millions of users, including those specific to the Global South. This policy outlook will analyse what these planned changes may entail for users in the Global South and make recommendations to enhance equity along with equality.

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