1 Less moderation?
Thursday evening, October 27, Elon Musk took control of Twitter (238 million subscribers worldwide), immediately dissolved the board of directors to become the sole administrator of the social network before firing several senior officials, including former Managing Director Parag Agrawal.
The boss of Tesla (electric vehicles) and SpaceX (spaceflight) then tweeted
The bird is released
“. The next day, he put a layer of it back by tweeting
Let the festivities begin
Was he referring to less rigid moderation on Twitter ? No doubt, because Elon Musk had already announced the color before his last takeover by stating : “ Freedom of expression is the foundation of a functioning democracy and Twitter is the digital public square where issues vital to the future of humanity are debated. “.
Still, Elon Musk or not, he will have to adapt to the law applied in each country. Thus, in France, hate speech, threats and/or negationist remarks will remain sanctioned – sanctions ranging, currently, from a warning to the suspension of an account (temporary or definitive) through the removal of tweets.
In the meantime, he announced, on Sunday and still on Twitter, “the creation of a content moderation council with very diverse points of view. No major decision will be taken before the meeting of this council”.
The return to the network of Donald Trump, banned since January 2021, should be part of these “major decisions”, Musk having already affirmed, last April, that he was ready to reinstate the former president of the United States.
Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints.
No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council agrees.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
2 Paid certification?
Today, the request to have your account certified (that is to say, to validate the authenticity of your account by attaching a blue badge to it) is free. But maybe not for very long.
Elon Musk announced in a tweet on Tuesday the upcoming launch of an $8 per month subscription for users wishing to have their account certified.
Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit.
Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2022
The social network has offered a subscription to paid features since last year, but the general manager wants a new offer, more expensive and more widely adopted, which will diversify the sources of income for the platform.
So he plans to merge Twitter Blue — a $5-a-month subscription for a more comfortable reading mode and editing tools — and the ability for eligible accounts to have their identity verified and certified.
He said that subscribers would have other advantages: their tweets will appear in priority, they will be able to post longer videos and audio messages, and will be exposed to “half the advertising”.
3 Editable and longer messages?
A button to edit or correct his tweets, Elon Musk has been thinking about it for a while. In April, the South African-Canadian-American billionaire even popped the question on Twitter. Result: 74% positive responses. This button is already available in Australia, Canada and New Zealand for paying subscribers.
Tweets now limited to 280 characters (140 until 2017) could also be longer. It is also a desire of Elon Musk, posted in April on… Twitter.
4 New services?
Elon Musk has never hidden it, he wants to develop Twitter to make it a “super application”. His model? China’s WeChat platform that Chinese people use to post photos and videos, send private messages, and make payments, among other things. Elon Musk has already come up with the name: “The X application”.
5 An algorithm accessible to all?
Will Elon Musk open his algorithm in open source, in order to increase transparency? It’s not done yet, but he has already floated the idea, as the Moderator’s Blog recalls: “This would make publicly available the calculation that determines what appears on a user’s Twitter feed and the Elon Musk’s goal is to increase user confidence by allowing them to better understand the content suggestions submitted to them.