In all-hands Twitter call, Elon Musk fields questions about free speech and bots – TechCrunch

When Elon Musk first addressed employees on Twitter an all-encompassing Q&A meetingthe CEO of Tesla and SpaceX revealed more details about his plans for the social platform.

When Musk first announced his offer buys Twitter for $44 billionhe suggested the idea, “authenticate all people” on Twitter. Like we are awareone of his biggest complaints about the platform is its bots and fake accounts.

Today, Musk detailed what that plan might entail and clarified that he doesn’t think human authentication is a requirement for using Twitter. He added that anonymity can be helpful for people to freely express their political views, which is a priority for him.

Corresponding BloombergMusk proposed an idea that users could pay to be authenticated as human through a tool like the Twitter Blue subscription product, and that those users’ tweets could then be ranked above others.

Regarding content moderation, Musk stayed true to his previous statements that people should be able to say “pretty rude things” as long as those statements are legal.

Musk has routinely described himself as a “free speech absolutist” (although it’s premature approve Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for President, who supported and signed legislation limiting discussions about it Run and LGBTQ issues in state public schools).

But Twitter’s existing platform policies aren’t as strict. In addition to prohibiting illegal actions, the platform prohibits hateful behavior (attacking or threatening anyone based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, etc.), depictions of drastic depictions of violence and promotion of suicide self harm.

On the business side, Musk said he wanted Twitter to be over a billion users. According to its latest quarterly report, Twitter has 229 million monetizable daily active users.

User growth would directly support Musk’s other ideas for Twitter — he wants the company to make more money through advertising, in-app payments, and more creator features. Although Twitter has introduced some creator products like Super Follows, Ticketed Spaces and Tips, while running a successful YouTube account can be a viable career, creators don’t rely on Twitter for their income.

Musk said he wants Twitter to become more like China’s WeChat, noting that its users “basically live off the app” as it combines social media, messaging, calling, gaming and payments into one app. He also praised TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, for keeping users entertained.

It remains unclear how, when or if this deal could be completedas Musk demands More information from Twitter about how many accounts are actually not real people. At the same time, the stock market has suffered, sending shares of Twitter and Tesla alike lower, leaving Musk in a bind as Twitter expects it to honor its $44 billion bid.

Still, Musk claims to love Twitter and is at least dedicated enough to answer staff questions.

“Some people use their hair to express themselves. I use Twitter,” he said said.

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