The most famous American businessman, Elon Musk, did it, and inserted the blue bird into his cage, to tweet alone, as usual, after he bought Twitter through a deal estimated at $44 billion, giving him personal control of one of the most influential social media platforms.
Musk, who is the richest man in the world and owner of the Tesla group, did not delay in announcing the outlines of the changes, as he stressed that “the top priority for me will be eliminating (armies of bots) on (Twitter), which create unwanted accounts and implement Scams,” he said, adding, “I want to make (Twitter) better than it was before.”
The South African-born Canadian-born engineer’s criticisms over the past weeks of the San Francisco-based Twitter’s policies have not been arbitrary, with some interpreting it as a prelude to a big takeover agent.
Musk published the first tweet after the purchase, stressing that “freedom of expression will remain the cornerstone,” while describing the Twitter platform as “the public digital arena where topics vital to the future of humanity are discussed.”
On the reasons for his interest in Twitter, Musk said earlier: “I invested in Twitter because I believe in the potential for it to be a platform for freedom of expression around the world, and I believe that freedom of expression is a societal necessity for an effective democracy. It will not thrive and will not serve this societal necessity in its current form, as it needs to transform into a private company.”
The Wall Street Journal team wrote that the deal “represents one of the largest acquisitions of a technology company, and is likely to affect the direction of social media.”
8 big changes
In light of the statements and opinions previously announced by Elon Musk about Twitter, a set of changes can be drawn that he is expected to implement on the platform:
1 – The Scourge of Illusions
It seems that Musk will seek to eradicate the phenomenon of “fake Twitter accounts.” On more than one occasion, he said that he believed that the most annoying scourge of Twitter lies in the problem of the spread of those accounts that depend either on tweeting under pseudonyms without disclosing the identities of their true owners, or on the exploitation of spam bots, to carry out Flooding” other users’ pages with automated tweets for mostly misleading and fraudulent purposes.
Although Twitter has strict measures in place to curb and combat such fake accounts, it is still difficult to detect and completely remove them.
In this regard, Elon Musk has previously stated that he believes that the best solution to the problem of fake (automatic and manual) accounts lies in Twitter implementing a “personal authentication” process to verify the identity of each account holder, or linking each account with other personal information that is not can be falsified.
But this idea was met with reservations by some Twitter users, who wrote in response to his tweet that this “confidentiality” is one of the most important reasons for their preference for the Twitter platform, and that they prefer receiving random bot tweets, rather than having to document and disclose their true human identities and lose the advantage The “aliased identity” that they tweet under its cloak.
2 – Edit tweets
According to the current characteristics of Twitter, if you post a tweet and then discover that it contains errors of any kind, you have no choice but to leave it as it is with its mistakes or delete it and post it again.
But Musk will likely introduce the ability to make edits to tweets after they’ve been posted. On April 4, Musk broadcast a tweet in which he conducted a referendum on the idea of creating a Twitter button that would allow this possibility.
More than 4 million followers participated in that poll, the majority of whom supported the idea.
3- Subscription fees
Earlier, Musk revealed his ideas and suggestions regarding the need to restructure the method of charging and collecting membership fees for Twitter users who acquire accounts of a special nature, noting that these fees “should be commensurate with the subscriber’s capabilities and be collected in the local currency of each country.” “And perhaps even with the option to pay fees in Dogecoin cryptocurrency.”
4 – Documentation marks
Musk suggested allocating an “authentication mark” to distinguish the accounts of the distinguished “blue Twitter” service, whose monthly subscription costs $2.99 per month.
Musk explained that this step would lead to a huge increase in the number of verified accounts, while at the same time curbing the spread of fraudulent bot accounts by making the cost of maintaining them relatively high.
5- Get rid of ads
Musk is also expected to adopt a policy of not relying on advertising as a main source of income, something he had previously talked about in a tweet in which he wrote: “No ads. The ability of companies to enforce their policies (on Twitter) is enhanced if Twitter relies on ad money to survive.”
6 – Code «open source»
With regard to the Twitter algorithm (logarithm) code, Musk seems to be in favor of abandoning the monopoly principle and embracing an open approach, as he expressed this in a tweet broadcast on March 24 and suggested making the Twitter code “open source”, and supported him in that 83 percent of those who voted for a referendum on this idea.
Also, earlier, Musk said that he supports the idea of making the Twitter application software open source to enable platform users to search for bugs and software vulnerabilities and suggest solutions for them.
He also noted that greater transparency should be pursued by providing a way for users to know if their tweets are being suppressed or obstructed by behind-the-scenes mechanisms.
7- Reducing censorship
Through the opinions he expressed in previous times, Musk seemed to support granting a space for freedom of expression wider than the space provided by Twitter, and he even criticized what he described as “restricting the opinions of the tweeters.”
Musk confirmed this tendency through a referendum he published in a tweet last March, in which he asked: “Freedom of expression is necessary for true democracy. Do you think that Twitter adheres to this principle?
And when 70 percent of voters answered emphatically no, Musk wondered if a new platform was needed to fill this role.
8 – Privacy and data