New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 4, 2023 13:36 IST
When Elon Musk said last year that he will be taking over Twitter, we didn’t really believe it until it happened. The tech mogul bought the social media platform in a much-publicised deal in 2022 and since then, it hasn’t been the same. Now called X, the platform which was once just a micro-blogging site, has evolved into much more. You can post longer tweets, share long videos, subscribe for premium features, buy the blue tick, livestream videos, follow creators, and more.
Despite all the changes, the essence of X (earlier called Twitter) remains the same for all- getting access to real-time updates about what is happening across the world. Felt an earthquake? Check what people are saying on Twitter. Your favourite celebrity got married? Check out their pictures on Twitter. A new phone launching soon? Check out the leaks on Twitter. Well, you get the idea.
And now, Musk says that Twitter is the only reliable source of true information for all and that every other social media platform is “bought and paid for.” By whom? Mr Musk didn’t really comment, but it is still quite a big statement to make.
Elon Musk on X being a source of information
In a tweet, Musk wrote, “X is the only platform you can trust for honest information. All the others are bought and paid for.” His tweet has over 46 million views and more than 81,000 retweets.
Elon Musk’s comment about X advertisers
Recently, Musk was making headlines for telling advertisers who were pulling out of Twitter to go “f— themselves.”
During The New York Times Dealbook Summit, Musk had called out advertisers who were pulling out from the platform. Terming advertisers as blackmailers, Musk said that if brands don’t want to advertise on the platform, then they should not. He also took a dig at Bob Iger, CEO of Disney.
He said, “If somebody is going to try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money, go f**k yourself. Is that clear? I hope it is. Hey Bob (Iger), if you’re in the audience, that’s how I feel, don’t advertise.”
After this, X CEO Linda Yaccarino defended Musk’s comments in a post on X. She says that Musk gave a “wide-ranging and candid interview”.
Yaccarino wrote, “Today @elonmusk gave a wide ranging and candid interview at @dealbook 2023. He also offered an apology, an explanation and an explicit point of view about our position.”
She then added that X is paving the way for “information independence” that is “uncomfortable for some people.”
Talking about her own perspective on advertising, she added, “We’re a platform that allows people to make their own decisions. And here’s my perspective when it comes to advertising: X is standing at a unique and amazing intersection of Free Speech and Main Street â€” and the X community is powerful and is here to welcome you. To our partners who believe in our meaningful work — Thank You.”