Elon Musk begins to shape his Twitter idea


As of yesterday, Elon Musk’s idea of Twitter, a platform open to all with moderation lightened by letting users have a voice as well, began to take shape. Meanwhile, 1,200 more employees have left the company.
Ever since we started following the whole Elon Musk and Twitter affair, since April this year now, we always wondered what his idea of Twitter was. Well, after the acquisition closed on October 27, the Tesla founder is beginning to shape Twitter as he intends it. And, truth be told, there is nothing new or to be surprised about.
Elon Musk has never detailed how he understood Twitter, always hiding behind the generic intent of making it “a free for all.” An intent that always brought with it the same question, but why wasn’t Twitter open to everyone?
Actually, his idea of “open to all” finds explanation in his tweet last night, Italian time. That tweet may be the beginning of the explanation of what he wants to do. In essence, a blueprint of what Twitter will become, perhaps, soon.

In the tweet Elon Musk writes, “Twitter’s new policy includes ‘freedom of speech,’ but not freedom of access. Negative/hate tweets will be at best depowered and demonetized, so no advertising or other revenue for Twitter. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically search for it, which is no different from the rest of the Internet.”
This tweet was then followed by one in which Musk announced the reinstatement on the platform of Kathie Griffin, Jorden Peterson, and Babylon Bee. Just to explain who these characters are that perhaps not everyone is familiar with, it should be mentioned that two of the three accounts were banned because of tweets that misspoke about trans people.

New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach.
Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter.
You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022

Kathie Griffin, Jorden Peterson & Babylon Bee have been reinstated.
Trump decision has not yet been made.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022

Peterson was banned in July for a tweet in which he mentioned trans actor Elliot Page, raising a case of “deadnaming,” which is why the account was suspended. In fact, the tweet read “Remember when pride was a sin? Ellen Page had her breasts removed by a criminal doctor.” The Babylon Bee was banned, back in March, for a similar tweet badmouthing Rachel Levine, a trans woman who currently serves as assistant U.S. secretary of health. Notably, The Babylon Bee was one of the media outlets mentioned in Musks’ messages, which were made public as part of the lawsuit in which he was sued by Twitter. The one triggered by his intent to try to walk away from the initial acquisition agreement.
The third account, that of comedian Kathy Griffin, had been banned a decade ago as part of Musk’s campaign against impersonations. In a tweet Kathy Griffin had impersonated Musk on the midterm elections following which, Musk had said that Griffin would be allowed back on the platform if she paid the $8 for Twitter Blue.
As a reminder, Twitter Blue is now suspended and is expected to be reactivated starting next November 29.
Now, following the two tweets, the quick point that can be made is that these reinstatements are an almost plastic representation of what Twitter will be in the near future. And that is, a place where everyone will be able to write whatever they want, where monitoring and moderation operations will be greatly eased and, again following the new owner’s intent, users will also have a voice in decisions.
To make this intent even clearer, Musk himself offers us the opportunity.
A few hours after publishing the tweet in which he announced the much-discussed reinstatements, he initiated a public poll on Twitter asking users whether or not they agree to reinstate the account of Donald Trump, suspended from Twitter, and others, following the events on Capitol Hill in early 2021.

Reinstate former President Trump
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022

Trump poll getting ~1M votes/hour!
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022

There are currently more than 8.4 million voters, and the Yes vote is 52.7 percent (down) and the No vote is 47.4 percent. Basically, Musk is demonstrating what it means to give users a voice, something that will certainly come more detailed and structured, trying to pass this poll on a much-discussed character, the focus now of a survey in the U.S., as a user decision. From this poll, whatever the outcome, it will be able to say that the decision was made by Twitter users.
We’ll see how that goes.
But this all comes at the end of another very heavy day for Twitter as the exodus of employees continues.
In the last few days, since Thursday, there have been now more than 1,200 people who have decided to leave Twitter rather than continue working for Musk after his ultimatum in which he called for a hardcore mode to build what Musk calls “Twitter 2.0.”
Taking into account that the first wave of layoffs had reduced the staff from the initial 7,500 to 3,700, subtracting another 1,200, the number of people now working at Twitter is 2,500. Nearly 70 percent less, without taking into account all the contracts cancelled to the various external contributors.
One wonders if this will bring disruptions to the platform, as central figures for the technical management of the platform are lost. And of disruptions there have been more than usual reported since yesterday, even with a series of platform downs, a very rare situation. In some cases, some features were working hiccups yesterday and some tweets were not displayed correctly.
In this regard, we invite you to listen to yesterday’s space once again on this issue.

Eventually the #Twitter community responds and on a day like today we tried to touch on several points in this space.Thanks to @ezekiel @morenaragone, thanks to @alex_orlowski and everyone who participated. Here to listen again👇 https://t.co/Aioer8erKq
– Franz Russo (@franzrusso) November 18, 2022

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