Twitter: 8 major changes announced by Elon Musk

Twitter: 8 major changes announced by Elon Musk

First significant novelty on Twitter: a subscription at $8 per month to obtain the famous blue tick of a certified account.Share the article

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Elon Musk bought Twitter since the end of October. Upon the official takeover, he dismissed the main leaders of the platform, including CEO Parag Agrawal. Alone at the controls, the boss of Tesla is already beginning his major overhaul with the aim of revolutionizing Twitter and above all of generating more revenue. Overview of the main changes made or planned.

1. Twitter Blue at $8 per month to get a certified account

The boss of Tesla announced in early November a price increase for the Twitter Blue subscription , rising to $7.99 per month (instead of $4.99). By subscribing, users can get the blue verification checkmark that indicates their account is certified. This new subscription service is still being tested, a wider deployment is planned thereafter. As a reminder, Twitter Blue is only available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, but perhaps it will be extended to other countries when we know the financial ambitions of Elon Musk.

2. Laying off 50% of Twitter’s workforce

After many rumors circulating on the web, Elon Musk confirmed that he was in the process of laying off many employees at Twitter by justifying in a tweet massive financial losses: “Regarding the reduction in the strength of Twitter, unfortunately , there is no other choice when the company is losing more than $4 million a day. Out  of 7,500 employees, around 50% would have been made redundant. Some have already filed a class action lawsuit against the company over missed notice periods.

Many Twitter employees testify to their dismay through tweets: “I woke up to learn that my work at Twitter was coming to an end. My heart is broken. I am in denial. It has been the best, craziest and most rewarding adventure of my career. I loved every minute of it. »

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3. The ability to attach a long text to a tweet

In a tweet , Elon Musk announces: “Twitter will soon add the ability to attach long text to tweets, ending the nonsense of notepad screenshots. The objective is to allow users to publish a simple tweet by attaching a long text to it to prevent them from broadcasting screenshots of texts, a common practice on the social network .

In addition, Elon Musk could also make the function available free of charge to all users allowing them to modify their tweets after having published them . This is only available to Twitter Blue subscribers at this time. But nothing has yet been officially confirmed on this side.

4. Improved search on Twitter

The billionaire is not satisfied with the way in which one can search on Twitter and also makes it known in a tweet in a rather mocking tone: “searching on Twitter reminds me of Infoseek in 1998! It will also improve much faster.” There should therefore also be actions taken to optimize user searches.

5. Content monetization for creators

In the message announcing the possibility of adding long text to a tweet, Elon Musk also indicated that he wanted to offer additional tools to allow creators to monetize all their content formats. This announced novelty is not without reason. Indeed, creators will undoubtedly publish more native content such as videos, rather than simply re-sharing their content on TikTok or Instagram. It’s time for Twitter to catch up on this…

6. Suspension of impersonating accounts

Other recent news: “Going forward, all Twitter users who engage in impersonation without clearly stating that it is a ‘travesty’ will be permanently suspended. The boss of Tesla is tightening the screw on this point, in particular because people have changed their account name to “Elon Musk” to parody him since his acquisition of Twitter Another clarification: “any change of name will result in the temporary loss of the verified tick”.

7. Forming a Content Moderation Board

Shortly after his takeover of Twitter, many questions arose regarding the reactivation of Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Why ? Because Elon Musk said in May that he wanted to overturn the permanent ban on Donald Trump’s account. In response to this controversy, Elon Musk said in a tweet that a content moderation council would be formed to decide on account reactivations: “Twitter will form a content moderation council with very diverse points of view. No major content or account reinstatement decisions will be made prior to this board meeting.” Significant changes are therefore to be expected on the moderation side!

8. Twitter as the safest news source in the world

Finally Elon Musk has just published a tweet: “Twitter must become by far the most accurate source of information on the world. This is our mission. It thus seems to imply a fight against fake news. Its objective is clearly displayed but how will it achieve it? Everything remains to be seen.

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