Since Twitter’s board of directors accepted the Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s offer to purchase the social media platform for $44 billion on April 25, Musk has touted changes including open algorithms, the elimination of bots and trolls, and the elimination of censorship.
In a cryptic message Tuesday afternoon, Musk tweeted that “the downfall of the Freemasons was giving away their stonecutting services for nothing.”
A few hours later, he added context, suggesting an unprecedented pay-to-use format for government and commercial users.
Twitter will always be free for casual users, but maybe a slight cost for commercial/government users
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 3, 2022
Such a policy would be a first among major social media platforms.
Musk has also suggested changes to Twitter’s subscription service, Twitter Blue.
“Everyone who signs up for Twitter Blue (ie pays $3/month) should get an authentication checkmark,” he tweeted, but he deleted it shortly afterward.
Monday night at the Met Gala, Musk said he is a definite “enemy” of bots and trolls, telling red-carpet reporters: “I’m definitely on the warpath! If somebody is operating a bot and troll army, then I’m definitely their enemy.”