Elon Musk's $44 billion Twitter purchase is being investigated by the US Antitrust Office

Elon Musk's $44 billion Twitter purchase is being investigated by the US Antitrust Office ...

Elon Musk, Tesla''s chief executive, is being investigated by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday, citing a person who is familiar with the deal.

The Federal Trade Commission has declined to comment, while Musk may not be reached for comment.

According to Bloomberg, the agency will determine in the next month whether or not to undertake an antitrust investigation into the proposed transaction. A such investigation would have to halt the agreement''s closing for months.

According to antitrust experts, there is little possibility the agency will locate any evidence that Musk''s purchase of Twitter is unlawful under antitrust law.

The Federal Trade Commission is already looking into Musk''s initial purchase of a 9 percent share in Twitter, assessing whether he complyed with an antitrust reporting requirement when he purchased the shares in early April.

Open Markets Institute, a lobbyist, said the sale should be taken care of to avoid giving an already powerful person "direct control over one of the world''s most powerful platforms for public communications and debate." Musk also expressed concern about Starlink''s ownership.

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Republicans have the backing of those who hope that non-residents such as Donald Trump will be allowed to return on the site.

Musk has tweeted about free speech, but when he discusses Twitter''s plans, he focuses more on helping revenues by acquiring more people to use it or reducing such expenses as executive pay. He has stated that he has no intention of publicly permitting former users to return.

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