Ilona Maska was invited to talk to deputies about their proposed acquisition of Twitter.

Sir Musk did a few vague promises as part Twitter takeovers, including introducing validation for all users and combating the prevalence of spam accounts and bots on the platform.

The chairman of the parliamentary committee that studies government legislation on social networks wrote to the billionaire at his Tesla headquarters to say that MPs are “interested in the events you are proposing”.

Although Twitter’s board approved the deal, the reaction of Twitter users has been mixed, and the deal still requires good resolution from shareholders and regulators.

Analysts have also expressed concern that the Twitter seizure could mean Mr Musk is spending less time on Tesla, the electric car company of which he is CEO.

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MP Julian Knight, who heads the Committee on Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS), said MPs were particularly interested in “Mask’s intention to introduce vetting for all users”, which “echoes our appeals to the UK government”.

Mr Musk, the world’s richest man in equity, has often expressed concern that Twitter’s control over free speech goes too far – despite being one of the least controlled social networks.

He also promised to make Twitter’s algorithms publicly available so users can see content being promoted or downgraded, and rid the platform of spam bots that interfere with use.

So far, the question of whether to allow the return of Donald Trump and others who have been banned or suspended on the site has remained unanswered by both Mr. Musk and Twitter executives.

Deputies call for a balance of civil liberties

Explaining his interest in acquiring the platform, Mr Musk said: “Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is a digital urban space where issues vital to the future of humanity are discussed.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features, making open source algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots and authenticate all people.

“Twitter has great potential – I look forward to working with the company and the user community to unblock it,” he wrote.

Mr Knight acknowledged the comments and said the committee was interested in finding a balance between civil liberties and combating “pernicious, widespread sexual exploitation and violence against children online”.

“I know that you have expressed a desire for critics to remain on Twitter, and this can provide an opportunity to publicly express any criticism,” the letter added.

Mr. Musk has not yet responded.

The committee has historically not had much success in challenging the heads of American companies to appear before it.

The previous chairman, MP Damian Collins, has repeatedly called on Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to personally testify as part of a disinformation investigation.

Zuckerberg simply refused, instead appearing before European and American hearings.

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