In an emergency, Elon Musk plays Twitter quits or doubles

A week after taking control of Twitter, Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla and Space X, worries more than he reassures. After the brutal dismissal, Friday, November 4, of nearly half of the 7,500 employees of the social network founded in San Francisco (California), the reactions are multiplying. Both in the face of the radicalism of its decisions and in the face of its conception of freedom of expression.

A paid plan

Its first flagship project, the redesign of the Twitter Blue subscription, could be urgently activated today. This is a paid plan at $7.99 (€8) giving access to a certified account and various other advantages.

A way to generate new revenue while Twitter loses four million dollars every day, according to its owner. But Elon Musk also believes that reserving certified accounts for public persons is a form of feudalism. Power to the people! he launched last week by opening this possibility to all subscribers.

The issue of content moderation

In addition, it is on the question of content moderation that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, spoke on Saturday. In an open letter, he reminds her that Twitter must avoid amplifying content that infringes on people’s rights. During the week, Elon Musk had however assured that content moderation was a priority, but without convincing.

He will also have to convince the banks. Because the loans contracted to the tune of 13 billion dollars will have to be reimbursed by the social network whose turnover only reached five billion in 2021.

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