Here’s what’s next for Elon Musk and Twitter: Live Updates

Here’s what’s next for Elon Musk and Twitter: Live Updates

Here's what's next for Elon Musk and Twitter: Live Updates

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Elon Musk can be inscrutable at times and his politics are elusive, which made it somewhat difficult to figure out exactly what the billionaire would do if he were successful in acquiring Twitter. But over the past few weeks and months, as he neared Monday’s deal with the company, Mr. Musk has given more hints about what he would change about Twitter — in interviews, regulatory filings and, of course, on his Twitter account.

Here are the main areas that Mr. Musk could seek to address:

Freedom of expression and content moderators. Mr. Musk has often expressed concern that Twitter’s content moderators go too far and intervene too much on the platform, which he considers the internet’s gold standard. “de facto town square.”

He reiterated those concerns in the statement announcing the deal: “Free speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital public square where issues vital to the future of democracy are debated. ‘humanity,’ Mr Musk said.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features, making algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating spambots, and authenticating all humans,” he said. added. “Twitter has enormous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the user community to unlock it.”

In a Tweeter On Monday, before his deal with Twitter was announced, Mr Musk said he hoped even his “worst critics” would continue to use the platform “because that’s what free speech means”.

The Trump question. Mr Musk has not publicly commented on how he would handle former President Donald Trump’s banned Twitter account. But his free speech comments have fueled speculation that Twitter under his ownership could reinstate Mr Trump, who was kicked out of the platform last year. After the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, Twitter said Mr. Trump violated his policies by inciting violence among his supporters. Facebook also banned Mr. Trump for the same reason.

The former president, who was known for his tweets criticizing opponents and sometimes announcing policy changes, is also trying to get his own social media site off the ground. His start-up, Truth Social, has struggled to attract users, and the problem could get worse now that Mr Musk has suggested changing content moderation rules on Twitter. Mr. Trump said in a recent interview that he is unlikely to join Twitter.

The algorithm. Speaking at a TED talk this month, he explained his plans to make the company’s algorithm an open-source model, which would allow users to see code showing how certain posts appeared in their timeline.

He said the open-source method would be better than “having tweets mysteriously promoted and demoted with no idea what’s going on.”

Mr. Musk also pointed to the politicization of the platform before, and tweeted recently that the policies of any social media platform “are good if the most extreme 10% on the left and right are equally unhappy”.

Who uses the platform and how. Before Mr. Musk offered to buy Twitter this month, he worried about the platform’s relevance.

When one account posted a list of the 10 most followed Twitter accounts, including former President Barack Obama and pop stars Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, Mr Musk answered and written“Most of these ‘top’ accounts rarely tweet and post very little content. Is Twitter Dying?

More recently, the CEO of Tesla promised in a tweet on Thursday that he would “defeat the spambots or die trying!”

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