Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey went back and forth on content moderation and misleading information on Twitter on Sunday night, following the Tesla CEO’s acquisition of one of the world’s most widely used social media platforms. world.
Dorsey, who founded Twitter in 2006, responded to Musk’s tweet that Twitter should become the “world’s most accurate source of information.”
“accurate for whom?” Dorsey asked.
“As judged by the folks at Twitter via Community Notes (formerly Birdwatch),” Musk replied.
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“I still think…Birdwatch is a much better name And ‘more informative’ a much better purpose,” Dorsey shot back, leading the two to debate the purpose of the feature and its name.
“Not everything needs to have ‘bird’ in the name! Too many bird groups fighting internally on Twitter. Angry Birds,” Musk joked. Community notes, which add tags and context to potentially misleading tweets, were introduced as Birdwatch in 2021.
The feature began as a “community take on misinformation” after the 2020 presidential election. A tweet posted by the White House was infamously flagged last week for falsely crediting Biden with a security payout hike. social.
Dorsey’s exchange with Musk comes a day after the former CEO posted an introspective reflection on how he ran Twitter.
“People past and present on Twitter are strong and resilient,” Dorsey tweeted on Saturday. “They will always find a way, no matter how difficult the moment.”
“I realize that many are angry with me,” he continued. “I am responsible for why everyone is in this situation: I increased the size of the company too quickly. I apologize for that.”
Musk cut about half of the company’s 7,500 employees on Friday.
Musk tweeted that Twitter’s layoffs were necessary because the company was losing more than $4 million a day.
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On Sunday, it was reported that the social media platform was trying to bring some of those workers back. Dozens of workers are being invited back, some of whom were mistakenly fired and others who have experience building features that Twitter’s new owner wants, according to Bloomberg.
Another major initiative from Musk is the new $7.99 subscription service that allows ordinary users to have blue checkmarks. The feature would be delayed until after Tuesday’s midterm elections. A Twitter official told The New York Times that the subscription service is scheduled to launch on Wednesday.
An Apple iOS update over the weekend said users who sign up for the service may receive the blue checkmark next to their name.
“Your account will receive a blue checkmark, just like the celebrities, businesses and politicians you already follow,” the announcement reads.
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Musk referenced the subscription service while mocking comedian Kathy Griffin for being banned from his platform. Griffin changed his profile name to impersonate Musk, which violated company policy against impersonation and parody accounts.
“In fact, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian,” he added. Founder of SpaceX joked.
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“But if she really wants her account back, she can have it,” he added. “For $8”
Musk also announced other drastic changes to the platform, including the ability to attach long text to tweets, monetization for content creators, changes to Twitter’s search function, and a pay-per-verification plan.
Musk also doubled down on his plan to promote free speech on the platform.
“My commitment to free speech even goes so far as not to ban the account that follows my plane, even if it’s a direct personal safety risk,” Musk tweeted.
Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.
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