Elon Musk is revamping Twitter, revealing internal plans, and defining the social media platform’s usage.
Musk is discussing some of his ideas with the creator of Twitter. In the aftermath of the Tesla CEO’s acquisition of one of the world’s most popular social media sites, Musk and Jack Dorsey exchanged views on content moderation and false information on Twitter late Sunday night.
Dorsey, who created Twitter in 2006, responded to Musk’s tweet about Twitter needing to become the “most accurate source of information about the world.”
“accurate to who?” Dorsey asked. “As judged by the people of Twitter via Community Notes (formerly Birdwatch),” Musk responded.
“I still think… Birdwatch is a far better name And ‘more informative’ a far better goal,” Dorsey countered, leading both men to debate about the purpose of the feature and what it should be called.
“Not everything needs to have ‘bird’ in the name! Too many bird groups fighting each internally other at Twitter. Angry Birds,” Musk joked. Community Notes, which provides context and labels for possibly incorrect tweets, was renamed Birdwatch in 2021.
After the 2020 presidential election, the function was initiated as a “community-based approach to misinformation.” Last week, a controversial tweet from the White House incorrectly credited Vice President Biden for raising Social Security payouts.
Dorsey’s exchange with Musk comes one day after the former CEO posted an introspective reflection about how he ran Twitter. “Folks at Twitter past and present are strong and resilient,” Dorsey tweeted on Saturday. “They will always find a way no matter how difficult the moment. I realize many are angry with me,” he continued. “I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologize for that.”
Musk fired about half of the 7,500 employees of the “very huge” firm on Friday. Musk stated that Twitter’s layoffs were required due to the company’s daily losses of over $4 million.
Twitchy has reported on the actions of some of individuals let go in relation to Musk’s new $7.99 membership service that enables regular users to get blue checkmarks. According to reports, the function would be postponed until after Tuesday’s congressional elections. The New York Times was informed by a Twitter official that the debut of the subscription service is scheduled for Wednesday. An IOS release stated, “Your account will get a blue check mark, just like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you already follow.”
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