Elon Musk purchased Twitter.
This is what he says he will do next.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk bought the social media site in November for $20 million. Here’s what he has to say about the future of Twitter .

Elon Musk will soon be in charge of Twitter.

On Monday, the company announced that it had accepted Tesla CEO Elon Musk‘s $44 billion offer to take the company private.
That means the world’s richest person, who enjoys theatrics and erratic behavior, is about to have the power to reshape discourse on a social network used by over 200 million people every day.

How might Musk use his newfound power?

Here are some of the ideas he’s had for Twitter.

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Elon Musk purchased Twitter. This is what he says he will do next.

Relax content restrictions in the name of free speech.

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX refers to himself as a “free speech absolutist,”Elon Musk and he has criticized what he sees as excessive moderation on online platforms.

In his statement announcing the purchase, he stated that “free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to humanity’s future are debated.”

Musk has argued that social media platforms should not remove offensive but legal comments. During a recent TED conference interview, he stated Elon Musk, “If it’s a gray area, let the tweet exist.”

Twitter currently prohibits harassment, abuse, and posts wishing physical harm to others. Other safeguards exist on the platform, such as a prohibition on misinformation about COVID-19.

Experts who study social networks are concerned about Musk’s push to relax Twitter’s engagement rules Elon Musk. They claim that this could give harassers, trolls, and others who abuse the platform permission to target people.

They are also concerned that loosening Twitter’s rules will empower those looking to exploit the platform Elon Musk by spreading misinformation, or outright lies, about political events, government officials, and public health and safety issues.

Create an edit button so that users can make changes to their tweets.

An edit button is one of the most frequently requested product changes by Twitter users.
Unlike Facebook, Instagram, Elon Musk and other social media apps, it is not possible to edit content once it has been published on Twitter.

Musk has stated that he supports the ability for people to change the content of their tweets, a proposal that has Elon Musk sparked a heated debate among academics, journalists, and other heavy users of the platform.

Experts are concerned that adding an edit button feature will be weaponized by bad actors, who will use it to cover up abuse or harassment as if it never occurred, or to dupe or manipulate people.

Others, however, argue that safeguards could be put in place to allow tweets to be edited to remove typos while also displaying a history of how the tweet was edited to preserve the original content.

Make Twitter’s algorithm available to the public.

Musk has stated that the software that governs what people see and how widely content spreads on Twitter should be Elon Musk made public. He is in favor of putting Twitter’s algorithm on GitHub, a popular website for programmers to share computer code.

While some proponents of greater transparency at social media companies argue that revealing Twitter’s dense and complicated algorithm to the public would accomplish very little, others argue that it would accomplish very little.

Every day, a social network the size of Twitter processes billions of pieces of content.
How and why tweets go viral, as well as how Twitter’s recommendation system works, are so dense and complex that even the company’s own software engineers can be perplexed by it.

Declare war on ‘bot armies.’

Another change Musk favors is combating the proliferation of bots on Twitter, which are fake accounts that are programmed to respond to tweets on specific topics.
Musk’s business empire has attracted its fair share of bots, including bots that support his electric car company Tesla and attack Musk critics.

He has not stated that he wishes to temper such bots, but he has suggested that scammy bots promoting cryptocurrency scams be cracked down on.

“If our Twitter bid is successful, we will defeat spam bots or perish trying!”
Musk said in a tweet last week that he’d like to “authenticate all real humans.”

Advertisements should be discarded.

Currently, advertising accounts for nearly 90% of Twitter’s revenue, but the company has struggled to attract advertisers to the platform, which frequently devolves into political firestorms and ugly online brawls.
Because the company is going private, it will no longer be under the same amount of pressure from shareholders to constantly increase advertising revenue.
Musk has stated that it should transition to a subscription model.

Twitter has already taken some steps in that direction, introducing Twitter Blue last year, a premium service that costs $2.99 per month for additional features such as an undo button that allows tweets to be recalled before they are sent.

Musk has stated that Twitter Blue should be less expensive, that people who pay should not be subjected to advertisements, and that the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, which began as a joke, should be accepted as payment for a Twitter subscription.

And there’s a big unknown: Will Donald Trump be reinstated?

Musk has not publicly stated whether he would reinstate former President Donald Trump on the platform after the company permanently suspended him on Jan. 6 for using language that violated its rules and fueled the siege on the US Capitol.

Trump called Musk “a good man” in an interview with Fox News on Monday, saying he was pleased with the billionaire’s acquisition, but Trump said he has no plans to return to Twitter.
Instead, Trump stated that he will concentrate on Truth Social, his alternative social network.

A Twitter employee asked CEO Parag Agrawal whether Trump would be reinstated during an all-hands meeting on Monday afternoon.
That was a question for Musk, according to Agrawal.
“We don’t know which direction the platform will go once the deal is closed,” he said.

Shannon Bond of NPR contributed to this report.

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