Tesla CEO and new Twitter board member Elon Musk on Saturday tweeted some of the amendments he proposed to the social media giant.
Among his suggestions are changes to Twitter Blue, the subscription service that launched last June.
“Everyone who subscribes to Twitter Blue (i.e. pays $3 a month) should get a check mark for authentication,” Musk chirpAdding that the authentication of the paid service should be distinct from the tags used to verify public figures and official accounts.
He said the check mark should be withheld for subscribers for 60 days to prevent spam or fraudulent accounts from accessing the service.
“And there are no ads,” Musk added as part of his weekend thread. “Companies’ ability to dictate policy is greatly enhanced if Twitter relies on ad money to survive.”
Musk is on Saturday too question If Twitter is “dying,” he quotes a list of the site’s 10 most followed accounts, some of which are rarely used.
He specifically mentioned musicians Taylor Swift, who hasn’t tweeted in three months, and Justin Bieber, who has only tweeted once this year. However, both performers remained among the 10 most followed users on Twitter.
The comments came from Musk, who is now Twitter’s largest shareholder, after the company announced last week that it had begun testing a potential editing feature.
“Without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been modified, editing can be misused to alter the history of the public conversation. Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority when we tweet,” Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s vice president of consumer products, said in a tweet at the time of this announcement. We deal with this business.
He added that the company intends to “treat this feature with caution and thoughtfulness and will share updates as we go forward.”
Prior to this announcement, Musk took to his personal Twitter account to ask, “Want an edit button?”
In response to Musk’s survey, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal . said: She said: The results of this survey will be important. Please vote carefully.”
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