Today, Elon Musk is hosting a Q&A session on Twitter Spaces, which is open to the public. The session was hosted by Robin Wheeler, director of customer solutions at Twitter, who was joined by Musk, Twitter’s director of trust and safety Yoel Roth, and David Cohen, CEO of the International Advertising Bureau.
— Robin Wheeler (@robinw) November 9, 2022
Reporters and listeners on Twitter said the session was rather disorganized and meandered between the big topics Musk has talked about since he first started working to buy the platform: his desire for Twitter to be “a force for good for civilization,” monetization of his ideas, and user validation .
A few picks from Tech Crunch news and Twitter:
From his goals to the platform
We really want to be, as I’ve mentioned publicly before, a kind of digital town square where it’s as inclusive as possible… Like, can we get 80% of humanity on Twitter and talking, and maybe ideally a positive way? Can we change… instead of violence to talk and maybe sometimes people will change their minds? The overall goal here is how can we make Twitter a good force for civilization?
Someone has to have a phone, a credit card and $8 a month. It’s a bar.
About managing spam, trolls and fake accounts
The problem is that creating a fake account is very cheap, maybe a tenth of a penny, he said. “Charging $8 a month puts the cost of a bot or troll between $1,000 and $10,000.
Wouldn’t a government actor have $8 million a day to create a million fake accounts? Yes, they have a budget. But here’s the problem. They don’t have a million credit cards, and they don’t have a million phones. That’s a real kicker. There’s no way to beat that. And we vigorously pursue all impersonations.
Within reach of tweets from different users
Over time, maybe not as long as you look at ads and responses and what not, by default they are considered verified. You can still look at unverified, just like in your gmail or wherever, you can still look at the likely spam folder,” Musk said. “You can still look at everyone else, but by default it’s a very, very relevant category that gets reviewed.
Megabillionaire Elon Musk is currently hosting a live Q&A on Twitter about advertising on the platform he recently took over.
He says he sees a paywall as the best way to mitigate “noisy” hateful behavior on the platform.
– Ellie Sennett (@EllieMSennett) November 9, 2022
Elon Musk is currently speaking on Twitter explaining the goal of having peer-to-peer payments and money market accounts https://t.co/x2w7mru5jg
– Jimmy Lovaas (@jimmylovaas) November 9, 2022
“If things go wrong, it’s my fault. The responsibility stops with me,” @elonmusk
“The best way to see how things are developing is just to use Twitter”
“The content is really getting better”
— Chandra R. Srikanth (@chandrarsrikant) November 9, 2022
Reactions to Musk’s words ranged from optimistic to critical. In terms of positive reactions, people seemed to appreciate that the meeting was held in an open forum and that Musk seemed genuinely interested in answering questions and thinking things through.
More than 110,000 people listen to Elon’s explanations and answers to questions: The future of Twitter in Spaces is already a huge change from the previous management style.https://t.co/o5sHrYmdqO
— markoohlo.eth (@marko_pohlo) November 9, 2022
Where Elon is a clear, consistent, slightly joking and not brash meme lord works. So far so good. Still not worth $8 because he’s inaccurate about the value and it’s still lords and peasants hand waving – Twitter set it up that way, not us. https://t.co/kSJeSq8Q1z
– Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) November 9, 2022
On the flip side, other people found the speech off-center and Musk’s thoughts on it. People are skeptical of one particular claim that Musk seems very confident in: that if people have to pay to use Twitter, they’ll behave better about it.
Elon: “In the US, we went to war to get rid of this stuff”
[this stuff = how some people don’t have checkmarks]https://t.co/3gUfKrJ3zx
– Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) November 9, 2022
I hope so@karaswisherand@CaseyNewtonare hosting this. They would ask much more difficult questions. https://t.co/RaUEiEXz1f
– Scott Monty (@ScottMonty) November 9, 2022
Wow listenable @elonmusk discussion during this Twitter space makes it clearer than ever that his goal with the confirmation changes is basically to end anonymous speech on Twitter…probably one of the most anti-free speech things he can do.
— Evan Greer is on Mastodon (@evan_greer) November 9, 2022
Elon claims people won’t pay $8 and engage in hateful content. So let’s bookmark the claim for later use. https://t.co/hFZS8sT8E8
– Jason Goldman (@goldman) November 9, 2022
Musk has yet to make a decision about charging users for Twitter accounts, and it’s unclear how he will achieve his goal of making Twitter a place for free speech while blocking accounts that make fun of him. We wait with bated breath for the next Twitter Spaces session.
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