Elon Musk Addresses Twitter Staff For First Time Since Bid to Buy Platform

Elon Musk discussed his stance on what types of content should be allowed on Twitter Inc.’s social network, saying that people should be allowed to say “pretty outrageous things” but that the platform doesn’t have to give those posts reach.

Musk elaborated on his beliefs Thursday during an all-hands gathering at Twitter, according to staff who participated in the virtual meeting. It marked the first time the billionaire, who is chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., has addressed Twitter employees since agreeing in late April to buy the company for $44 billion.

Twitter needs to allow more space for people to say whatever they want, Musk said, as long as it doesn’t violate the law. But he added that the company needs to balance that by making sure people “feel comfortable” on the service, otherwise they won’t use it, according to people familiar with the discussion. His goal is to expand Twitter’s user base to 1 billion users, he said. The company had about 229 million daily active users as of March.
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Employees who attended the meeting said Musk—who attended the video call wearing a white button-down shirt and appeared to be joining from his phone—also talked about possible product changes, including the idea that users should have to pay to be verified as a real human user, through a tool like subscription service Twitter Blue. He also proposed that Twitter use verification as a way of ranking content on the platform. His goal is to “maximize usefulness of the service,” Musk said.

When asked about potential layoffs, Musk didn’t dismiss the idea, saying that Twitter “needs to get healthy.”

“Anyone who is a significant contributor should have nothing to worry about,” he added.

Twitter started allowing full-time remote work more than two years ago, and Musk was asked multiple questions …read more

Source:: Time – Technology


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