Entertainment · June 23, 2022

Elon Musk says some Twitter users have to pay to use the platform

Elon Musk, who is in the process of taking over Twitter, announced the latest change he envisions for the platform: that some users will have to pay to use the service.

“Ultimately, the downfall of Freemasonry was giving away their stonemasonry services for free,” Musk tweeted Tuesday.

“Twitter will always be free for casual users, but there may be a small cost for commercial/government users,” he continued.

Twitter is currently free for users, but also offers a subscription-based product called Twitter Blue in four countries: USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The cost for US users is $2.99 ​​per month.

In tweets that have since been deleted, Musk called for changes to Twitter Blue, including a reduction in the cost of subscribers and the removal of ads, according to The Guardian.

Last month, Twitter’s board of directors accepted Musk’s offer to buy the company for around $44 billion. According to Bloomberg, the agreement includes a $1 billion termination fee that Musk will have to pay if he backs out of the agreement.

“Freedom of expression is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace where important issues affecting the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a press release announcing the agreement. He also said he will change algorithms and get rid of spam bots on the social media platform.

Critics of Musk’s absolutism of free speech have noted that Twitter is already a platform for targeted victimization of women, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups, and his proposed no-lose-hands approach could only exacerbate the problem.

Musk spoke about his vision for Twitter while attending the Met Gala on Monday. His goal for the platform is to “have a service that’s as comprehensive as possible, where ideally most of America is on it and talking,” Musk told reporters on the red carpet.

Despite its cultural importance, Twitter is a smaller company compared to some of its well-known competitors.

According to Statista, as of January 2022, the company ranks 15th by the number of monthly active users. According to these metrics, Twitter has 436 million monthly active users, while Facebook, which tops the list, has over 2 billion users.