This week, billionaire Elon Musk struck a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion. His statements before and since have led many to believe he intends to ease or eliminate content moderation. “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” he said. Here, UCR professor of political science and public policy Kevin Esterling weighs in on Musk’s pending acquisition. Esterling is director of the Laboratory for Technology, Communication and Democracy.