Elon Musk answers questions about free speech and bots during an all-hands Twitter call

For the first time in an all-hands Q&A meeting, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discussed his aspirations for the social network with Twitter staff.

The concept of “authenticating all humans” was first offered by Musk when he revealed his attempt to purchase Twitter for $44 billion. Bots and false accounts are one of his main pet peeves on the platform, as we all know.

Musk stated today that he does not believe human verification is a necessary to use Twitter and provided more details on what this strategy might involve.He went on to say that maintaining people’s right to remain anonymous was important to him in allowing them to freely express their political opinions.

According to Bloomberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested that users may pay to have their tweets listed higher if they were verified as human via a service like Twitter Blue. According to Musk, as long as people have the legal right to say “quite ridiculous things,” there shouldn’t be any content monitoring.

Musk describes himself as a “free speech absolutist” on a regular basis (despite prematurely endorsing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for president, who supported and signed legislation limiting discussions about race and LGBTQ issues in state public schools).

However, Twitter’s current platform restrictions aren’t that strict.

For example, hateful conduct (e.g., attacks or threats against someone on the basis of their appearance or sexual orientation) is prohibited on the site along with graphic violence and encouraging suicide or self-harm.

The billion-plus-user mark is something Musk has stated as a goal for Twitter’s user base.

A quarter of Twitter’s 229 million monetizable daily active users are based in the United States.

Musk’s other plans for Twitter, such as increasing revenue through advertising, in-app payments, and additional creator tools, would be strengthened if the company’s user base grew.
Though Twitter has rolled out some creator products like super follows, ticketed spaces and tipping, creators aren’t relying on Twitter for their income, whereas running a successful YouTube account can be a viable career.

It’s no secret that Musk wants Twitter to be more like China’s WeChat, adding that its users “essentially live on” the platform because it mixes social networking with texting and calling as well as games and payments in one app.
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese business ByteDance, was also praised by him for keeping its users engaged.

It remains unclear how, when or if this deal might close, as Musk demands more information from Twitter about how many accounts are not actually real humans. At the same time, the stock market has suffered, driving down Twitter and Tesla stocks alike, which puts Musk in a bind as Twitter expects him to honor his $44 billion offer.

Still, Musk claims to love Twitter, and is at least committed enough to answer employee questions.

Others use their hair as a form of self-expression.”I use Twitter,” he said.


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