Elon Musk: Twitter owner responds to blue tick complaints

Elon Musk arrives at Twitter HQ with real kitchen sink amid $44 billion buyout

Elon Musk has started rolling out changes to Twitter, starting with charging users for a verification badge.

In a lengthy thread, Mr. Musk said that “Twitter’s current lords and peasants system” for verification will be ended and will instead charge people $8 a month for Twitter Blue.

“Power to the people! Blue for $8/mo,” Mr. Musk tweeted. “Price adjusted by country pro-rata purchasing power parity.”

Subscribers will also receive priority in replies, mentions and search, the ability to post long video and audio clips, and see “half the ads”.

Experts were skeptical of Mr Musk’s claim that it was “essential to defeating spam/scamming”, with some suggesting the ability to buy verification could increase scams.

In response, Mr Musk tweeted: “All complainers, please keep complaining, but it will cost $8”.

Twitter is also moving forward with a paid video feature that could launch as early as this month, with Mr Musk apparently making staff work 84 hours a week or risk being made redundant.

“When a creator composes a tweet with a video, the creator can activate the paywall once a video has been added to the tweet,” an internal email apparently states. Users can choose from a predefined list of prices, such as $1, $2, $5, or $10.

An employee said it looked like the feature would likely be used to promote adult content, which Twitter users would increasingly be interested in.

Mr Musk could also bring back Vine, the short-form video app that Twitter shut down in 2016.

However, Mr. Musk’s purchase of Twitter has not been good for his personal fortune. His net worth has dropped about $9 billion since taking over the social media company, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

It has now fallen to $204 billion, around a quarter of its value before the start of this year.

The drop in Mr. Musk’s net worth can also be attributed to the fall in Tesla shares, which have fallen 43% since the start of this year.


Elon Musk should let Donald Trump return to Twitter

“I’m not filled with fear that Trump will return to Twitter (although I see him returning to the White House). When he was banned last year, I thought it was a mistake, simply because of who he was, what position he held, and the politics of that position. His incitements and lies could be moderated in common sense. I want – I need – to hear what Trump has to say, even if it’s offensive. Especially if it’s offensive.” The Independents Sean O’Grady argues

“The danger of kicking people like Trump off Twitter is that they end up on their own ghettoized platforms. The world of social media is turning into a series of camps that never talk, debate, argue, argue or abuse every tiebreaker – and it gets worse.

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 8:00 p.m.


ICYMI: Donald Trump welcomes Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter

Donald Trump, meanwhile, celebrated Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter by posting on his own very similar social media platform, Truth Social.

“TRUTH SOCIAL has become a phenomenon. Last week, it had more numbers than all other platforms including TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and others. It also looks and performs better in my eyes. I am very happy that twitter is now in safe hands and will no longer be run by crazies and crazies from the radical left who really hate our country,” Mr. Trump said. “Twitter now needs to work hard to get rid of all the bots and fake accounts that hurt him so much. It will be much smaller, but better. I LIKE THE TRUTH !”

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 7:30 p.m.


Elon Musk complains about being asked about Trump’s return to Twitter

Elon Musk has only had Twitter for a few days but the billionaire already seems tired of being asked when Donald Trump might return to the platform.

The world’s richest person took to Twitter, which he eventually bought for $44 billion last week after months of trying to pull out of the deal, to complain about being questioned on the one-term president.

“If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if Trump was coming back to this platform, Twitter would make money!” Mr. Musk tweeted on Monday.

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 7:00 p.m.


What is BlueSky? Jack Dorsey’s new social network

Bluesky, a public benefit company designed to create a new “open and decentralized” form of social media that is not controlled by any particular company, said earlier this month that it would release a test app soon. public called Bluesky Social.

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 6:30 p.m.


Twitter rival Mastodon gains thousands of new users

“Looks like #Mastodon is trending on Twitter as more and more people announce their new profiles. Welcome to the best social media that isn’t owned by one company and can’t be sold, welcome to fedivers!” the company tweeted.

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 6:00 p.m.


Twitter locks out content moderators

However, Twitter also reportedly limited the Trust and Safety team’s impact on posts.

Twitter’s Trust and Safety team typically deals with accounts that break the rules by sharing misleading information, offensive posts and hate speech, but this has been limited to the most serious violations that would result in actual harm, reports Bloomberg. These positions were prioritized for manual application, they said.

People who were called upon to enforce Twitter policies during the Brazilian presidential election had access to internal tools, but in a limited capacity.

The company still uses automated enforcement technology and third-party contractors, but most high-profile breaches are typically investigated by Twitter employees.

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 5:30 p.m.


Twitter isn’t letting cross-platform users back – yet

Mr. Musk made similar statements in a recent tweet.

“Twitter will not allow anyone who has been de-platformed for breaking Twitter’s rules on the platform until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks”

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 5:00 p.m.


No policy changes until new board, says Musk

It is unclear whether the changes to the Twitter platform are the result of Mr. Musk so far.

Mr Musk said banned users will only be reinstated after review by a “content moderation board”.

Employees and users are waiting to hear more from Mr Musk about his plans for the platform, amid concerns over his support for easing content moderation and overturning permanent bans on controversial accounts.

Mr Musk’s latest comment appears to mean no immediate return to Twitter for several high-profile and polarizing figures who were previously banned, including former US President Donald Trump.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Musk said: “Twitter will form a content moderation council with widely diverse views.

“No major content or account reinstatement decisions will be made until this board meets.”

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 4:30 p.m.


Republican conspiracy theorist thanks Elon Musk for restoring his Twitter

Mark Finchem, a conspiracy theorist and election denier on the Republican ticket for Arizona secretary of state, attributed his comeback on Twitter to Elon Musk.

” WOW. Arizona Secretary of State candidate @RealMarkFinchem has been suspended on Twitter. @elonmusk this shouldn’t happen a week before the election!” former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tweeted Monday night.

Mr Musk replied that he was “looking into the matter”.

Mr Finchem’s account was quickly brought back online later on Monday evening.

“We are back!” he wrote. “Thank you Elon Musk for stopping the commie who suspended me a week before the election. Twitter is much better with you at the helm.

Mr Finchem has dismissed the fact that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, and he has become famous for his support of baseless conspiracy theories, even more so than many other pro-Trump Republicans, according to The daily beast.

If Mr. Finchem wins the race for Arizona secretary of state, he will have sweeping power over elections in one of the key states to Mr. Biden’s victory in 2020.

Shortly before winning his August primary, Mr Finchem was recorded falsely claiming that former Vice President Mike Pence had orchestrated a “coup” to remove Mr Trump from power. He also accused Mr Pence of planning to “steal” the presidency in the next election in 2024.

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 4:00 p.m.


The vine could return

Elon Musk could also potentially relaunch Vine, the short-form video app that was bought and then shut down by Twitter.

Twitter engineers are working on a reboot of the app, which could be released by the end of the year, Axios reports.

Some Twitter employees have already been tasked with reviewing Vine’s old codebase, which hasn’t been changed or updated since it shut down in 2016. “It takes a lot of work,” one employee reportedly said.

Vine, which posted short six-second videos, was shut down by Twitter in 2016 for not having enough users and not making enough money. Platforms like Instagram and Snapchat have introduced longer video clips, and some big creators have started negotiating payment for posting, while sharing videos less frequently.

Twitter explored selling the app, but never found a buyer. He also considered bringing it into the main Twitter app, but didn’t.

Adam SmithNovember 2, 2022 3:30 p.m.

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