A Check out All the Modifications Implemented by Elon Musk at Twitter in his Time as Chief Twit

It’s been just over 50 days considering that Elon Musk lugged a sink into Twitter HQ for his initial day in his brand-new role as proprietor of the system, and also ever since, we’ve seen various policy changes, staff cuts, reveals of inner files, as well as much more.

Today, we may go to the end of the Elon as ‘Chief Twit’ experiment, with Musk tweeting out this poll on Sunday afternoon:

Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will comply with the results of this poll.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
The results have actually not entered Musk’s favor, as well as he has, thus far, adhered to his word on abiding by survey outcomes.

Which begs the question, ‘what has Elon actually done, in a plan feeling, at Twitter?’

Elon’s been very eager to promote his sight on ‘free speech’, and also exactly how the platform, under his possession, will permit much more kinds of remarks and also material.

However will it? Has he actually altered anything to make Twitter extra open?

Here’s a look back whatsoever of the significant announcements as well as plan updates that have actually been implemented so far by Elon and also his Twitter 2.0 group.

1. Paid verification

Musk’s initial huge statement, of course, was his paid verification plan, through which individuals will certainly be able to pay $8 per month to get a blue checkmark, so they can digitally cosplay as celebrities in the app.

Musk initially intended to charge $20 each month, prior to understanding that was too expensive for regular folk who don’t have billions of dollars in optional spend. So he decreased it to $8, or $96 per year to maintain your blue tick– though iOS clients need to pay $11 per month because Elon does not want to pay Apple’s 30% in-app purchase tax out of his own pocket.

Look, this is a rather flawed, egocentric system, which provides little of value for customers, as well as a lot of value for Twitter, in terms of straight revenue, and also as some ways of confirming human users (because, a minimum of theoretically, robots can not pay). Musk has needed to change the program to respond to acting rip-offs, which took off as quickly as it was introduced, however even now, there’s not a great deal of reason for individuals to pay up – especially when most users don’t ever tweet, so the benefits, for the majority, really aren’t worth the money.

Yet some people will certainly pay, and Elon’s servicing additional motivations, like concern listing of replies and in search (again, pointless if you don’t tweet), while he’s likewise flagged a new system through which paying customers will be able to downvote other accounts, in order to lower their tweet direct exposure.

Once more, Elon’s most significant followers will certainly pay, as will those that’ve been desperate for a blue checkmark since for life.

Will that be enough to create substantial income or value from the program?

Truthfully, I question it, as well as Twitter’s latest attempts to limit users from publishing web links to their Mastodon accounts likely recommend that Twitter Blue take-up hasn’t been what Elon expected or hoped.

Yet we’ll soon discover, with Twitter Blue in the process of being turned out to more areas.

2. Account reinstatements

A big signal of his objectives to make Twitter much more complimentary and also open was Musk’s news that he would renew the profiles of individuals that had actually been formerly banned from the application. Well, it was less an announcement, as well as actually a poll among users, which has actually come to be Musk’s go-to circuit-breaker for huge decisions.

Over the last month, Twitter has actually set about re-instating some 60,000 accounts, coming from those who had previously damaged the platform’s policies – since Musk wishes to start off new, with a clean slate.

All of these accounts still need to play by the system regulations, however a few of the app’s largest offenders of times past are now back as well as tweeting once again.

And also concerning those policies …

3. Upgrading Twitter’s Regulations as well as Rules

Here’s the important things– for all of Musk’s talk of upgrading Twitter’s strategy, and also making the platform more open up to a lot more kinds of speech, Twitter itself has consistently told advertisement partners that its plans have not altered.

As Twitter shared in post on November 30th:

” None of our policies have actually altered. Our strategy to policy enforcement will rely much more heavily on de-amplification of violative content: freedom of expression, yet not liberty of reach.”

Once more, Twitter has not changed any of its policies yet, and while Musk maintains discussing allowing even more speech, and blaming previous management for their viewed predisposition, Twitter’s rules around material, and also what is and is not admitted the application, are precisely the same.

Some have actually suggested that Musk has actually taken more powerful action against child sexual abuse product, though experts claim that those changed have not had much impact, while Twitter has actually also quit enforcing its COVID misinformation plan, an area where Musk has solid point of views.

However functionally, the Twitter you’re using now disappears complimentary or open than the one taken care of by Parag Agrawal at the same time in 2014.

Twitter is depending much more on automation, because Musk reduced a substantial quantity of its moderation staff, so there are likely a lot more errors in enforcement. However again, as the rules are composed, as the policies are established, Elon Musk has done nothing to update Twitter’s approach to what is as well as is not admitted the application.

Or he hadn’t, up until last weekend break.

4. No Doxxing

Elon Musk has, nevertheless, introduced one considerable plan shift:

” When somebody shares a person’s real-time location on Twitter, there is an enhanced danger of physical harm. Moving on, we’ll get rid of Tweets that share this info, and accounts committed to sharing someone else’s online area will be suspended.”

After an event in which his young kid was faced by a stalker, Elon decided to take definitive activity versus any Twitter account that shares online location information, to avoid potential damage.

Twitter’s brand-new policies state that users can no longer share live location info of any type of kind, ‘including details shared on Twitter straight or web links to 3rd-party URL( s) of traveling courses’. Which, practically, rules out pretty much all live-streams, as you would certainly be sharing the online area of any person included in the video clip.

Which could become an issue when it comes to civil agitation, as well as governments intending to remove unfavorable coverage due to such. State, for example, a customer is sharing video footage of protests in Hong Kong, as well as the Chinese Federal government contacts Twitter to close the stream down because of this guideline.

It’s not specifically what the upgrade is intended for, yet it could be utilized by doing this.

What’s most intriguing here is the fact that Musk has drawn the line at individual safety and security. In Musk’s view, live location information should not be shared, because it could cause real life injury. Which most would agree with, and with that said being the criterion, it’ll be interesting to see if future plan decisions at the app are made with this in mind.

That, at core, is the essential reasoning that Twitter’s moderation team has constantly functioned from– ‘what are the chances of this tweet causing real injury in the real world?’

Musk as well as Co. intend to demonize Twitter’s previous decisions, and also frame them as politically prejudiced, yet it’s interesting to see that Musk is currently occurring to seeing that base logic.

Possibly that will color his future modifications. Most likely not.

5. Banning Hyperlinks to Various Other Social Apps

Twitter likewise banned web links to picked competing social systems for a couple of hrs on Sunday, prior to turning around training course quite swiftly due to large reaction.

This was stupid policy, which Twitter relatively acknowledged by removing all recommendations to it rather quick. Essentially, Twitter sought to prohibit all web links to Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Fact Social, Tribel, Nostr and also Blog post.

Why these applications? Why not YouTube, or TikTok?

I’m presuming its because Elon saw customers tweeting links to these different platforms where individuals might follow them, as they wanted to jump ship from Twitter. Mastodon is one of the most apparent wrongdoer right here, yet I’m likewise presuming that Elon has been in contact with Meta, which that conference did not go well, hence the addition of IG and also Facebook.

Nostr is a favorite of former Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, and Blog post is practically a carbon copy of Twitter.

Why not YouTube? Well, YouTube’s moms and dad business, Google, might return fire by declining to index tweets in Google Look, which would be a big issue for Musk as well as Co

. Why not TikTok? Elon’s other business, Tesla, is pretty dependent on the Chinese market.

Like Elon’s other modifications, this set appeared rather shaded by individual predisposition. As well as given that it was likely in violation of EU regulations, as well as might have caused antitrust and other penalties, it makes good sense for Twitter to go on and also act that it never occurred.


As well as in spite of all the noise, that’s in fact it. Twitter hasn’t actually implemented many adjustments in any way– which makes feeling when you likewise take into consideration the team cuts, and the influence those have carried the platform’s ability to run.

Twitter has actually meant ad-reduced as well as ad-free membership rates, it is checking out much longer tweets and also longer video clip uploads. It is speeding up the roll out Community Notes, as a means to give added, user-sourced perspective on disruptive tweets, while it likewise deals with brand-new advertisement positioning controls, while Musk has actually likewise hinted at bringing back Creeping plant.

But also for all the sound, for all the media protection, for all the conversation that Musk has created in his time as ‘Chief Twit’, he hasn’t actually changed anything much. Like, at all.

Which once again underscores Elon’s real ability and strength– he is really, excellent at producing media attention, as well as basically having the media cycle, with simply his tweets.

Tesla has never ever had an advertising division for this reason, since they don’t require one, with Elon always able to head out, state something ridiculous, and also bring the media to him, like pigeons scrambling for scraps.

That might be Elon’s a lot of important attribute, and also for a social platform, which depends on obtaining people to come and also listen to the current, that, a minimum of theoretically, could be very useful.

The difficulty for Elon then is that he would certainly need to maintain generating questionable points to say, in order to keep activating mass insurance coverage, bringing more individuals to the app.

That might be working up until now, but as Elon continues to stoke political division, and also skirt the sides of social platform guidelines, it does seem like, ultimately, it will certainly cap.

Which may be why now is a great time for Elon to step away, if he does so, though despite him stepping back, that still does not imply he won’t be in control of the application.

Elon taking a backseat makes sense, if he does it. And his past background does not recommend that he’s overly excellent at taking an extra easy function at his firms.