March 22, 2023

Here’s what we learned from Elon Musk’s Q&A on Twitter today | Digg

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.

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?

In confirmation

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.

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.

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.

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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