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Elon Musk hated Twitter’s free speech policy so much… he bought $3bn shares to take control



Billionaire co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of electric vehicle maker, Tesla,
Elon Musk, hated Twitter free speech principles so much he had to purchase a 9.2 percent stake in the company worth approximately $3bn, to take control.

As the shock of the acquisition begins to settle down after Musk purchased exactly 73,486,938 Twitter shares to make him the single largest shareholder in the social media company, past tweets by the world’s richest man have revealed he was so angry with the free speech policies of the platform that he bought over the platform.

Musk who now has four times the number of shares the company’s founder, Jack Dorsey, had always been critical of Twitter’s free speech principles and on several occasions, had called for censorship to be stripped back and even shared a tweet discussing this view.

“Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy,” he had once written.

“What should be done?” He added, with a poll which had majority of respondents giving him support, with some asking him to do something about it.

In another tweet shortly before buying the shares, Musk had insinuated that he could take over the platform with his followers not knowing he had already purchased his stake in the company at that point.

Experts have quickly drawn up the conclusion that his purchase of the Twitter shares was made with the aim of bringing about some significant changes at Twitter.

With Musk’s purchase of the shares, and the company stock shooting up by 25 percent within 24 hours of the announcement, investors are looking forward to sweeping, positive changes in the near future.

Musk is yet to tweet about his purchase of Twitter shares but his 80 million followers may not have to wait for long.


Ghana’s agrotech startup, FLUID, launches platform to help small scale farmers access to credit



Ghana’s agrotech startup, FLUID, has successfully launched a new platform that will help small scale farmers access to loans, according to founder and CEO, Moustapha Seck.

Founded in January, 2020, to give fillip to local farmers who had no access to loan and credit facilities, Seck said the company has already signed a 12-month contract with a local bank to provide financing to 25,000 farmers in Northern Ghana.

“We penetrated the Ghanaian financial industry through research first. In October 2020, we partnered with 29 financial institutions to study the challenges in the rural banking space,” Seck said while announcing the launch of the platform.

“Through this engagement, we developed FLUID SafeSusu, a mobile application to create bank accounts and track savings deposits in rural areas without connectivity,” Seck, who left his job at the Canadian investment fund, Clearco, to pursue his goal of helping the poorest Africans access financial services, said.

He added that the FLUID SafeSusu platform has piloted with four banks and connected 26,000 bank accounts to its platform, with an investment fund base of $200,000 in savings deposits.

“Our research led us to discover that half of Ghanaians work in agriculture, but only 4.6 per cent of loans go to farming. This disparity leaves close to 12.5 million smallholders farmers in Ghana financially excluded.”

“While banks use many different technology providers to be closer to the field, only FLUID and AgroCenta, to our knowledge, focus on the huge market of smallholder financing. FLUID stands alone in its focus on mitigating risks for the bank and the farmer,” he added.

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South African tech startup, Peachz, launches foremost online store for mobile accessories



South Africa’s tech startup, Peachz, has launched an online mobile accessories market place, six months after its formation.

According to its founder and CEO, Tali Flax, the startup is aiming to become the country’s foremost online tech and mobile accessories retailer with its current stocks of sophisticated and a variety of phone mounts and holders for the desk, car or motorcycle, including Aux cables, Type C and A cables, and Mifi-certified iPhone cables.

“Peachz aims to make shopping for well-priced, durable products online “peachy”, with that early uptake has been beyond expectation,” Flax said.

The Johannesburg-based startup, according to the CEO, is “committed to providing the best quality and prices within its sector”, with the understanding that customers should only have to purchase an accessory once.

“It’s frustrating replacing a charging cable every six months – regardless of whether it was expensive or not. We are so confident about the reliability and durability of our products that we offer a 12-month money-back guarantee,” said Flax.

Peachz is off to a promising start, which I believe indicates the strong demand for high-quality accessories that perform as well as the electronic devices for which they are designed. We will continue to listen and cater to market needs,” he added.

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