As Elon Musk addressed Twitter employees for the first time in an extensive Q&A meeting, the Tesla and SpaceX CEOs provided a few more details about their plans for the social platform.
When Musk first announced his bid to buy Twitter for $44 billion, he proposed the idea of ”certifying all humans” on Twitter. As we are well aware, one of their biggest complaints with the platform is its bots and fake accounts.
Today, Musk elaborated on the plan, clarifying that he doesn’t think human authentication is required to use Twitter. He said anonymity can be helpful for people to freely express their political views, which is their priority.
According to bloombergMusk proposed an idea that users could pay to be authenticated as human through a tool such as the subscription product Twitter Blue, and that those users’ tweets could be ranked above others.
Regarding content moderation, Musk stuck to his previous statements that people should be able to say “very outrageous things” as long as those statements are legal.
Musk has regularly referred to himself as a “free speech absolutist” (despite being premature). Confirmation Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the presidency, who supported and signed legislation limiting discussion about Caste And LGBTQ issues in state public schools).
But Twitter’s current platform guidelines are not so stringent. In addition to banning illegal actions, the platform prohibits disgusting behavior (Attacking or threatening people based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, etc.), depiction graphic violenceand promoting suicide or self harm,
On the business side, Musk said he wants Twitter to end one billion users, As of its last quarterly report, Twitter has 229 million monetizable daily active users.
User growth will directly support Musk’s other ideas for Twitter — he wants the company to generate more money through advertising, in-app payments, and more creator features. Although Twitter has rolled out some creator products such as Super Follow, Ticketed Spaces and Tipping, creators do not depend on Twitter for their income, whereas running a successful YouTube account can be a viable career.
Musk said he wants Twitter to be like China’s WeChat, noting that its users “natively live on the app,” as it combines social media, messaging, calling, games and payments into one app. . He also lauded the Chinese company ByteDance-owned TikTok for keeping the users entertained.
It’s unclear if, when or how the deal could close, as Musk sought more information from Twitter on how many of the accounts are not actually real humans. At the same time, the stock market has suffered, driving shares of Twitter and Tesla alike, putting Musk in a bind as Twitter hopes to honor his $44 billion offer.
Still, Musk claims to love Twitter, and is at least committed enough to answering staff questions.
“Some people use their hair to express themselves. I use Twitter,” he Told,