Elon Musk says Twitter could charge commercial, government users

Tesla CEO Elon Musk indicated on Tuesday that commercial and government customers may be charged a price for using Twitter.

He also said the microblogging platform would always be free for “casual users”.

“Twitter will always be free for casual users, but maybe a slight cost for commercial/government users,” Musk said in a tweet.

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The announcement comes less than a week after Twitter revealed that it had accepted Musk’s $44 billion buyout offer, making him the new owner of the network.

Following the news of the purchase, Musk said that he intended to improve the platform by adding additional features.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functional democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a joint statement announcing the takeover.

Moreover, “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spambots, and authenticating all humans.”

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The question of his plans for Twitter came up on Monday at the Met Gala, which marked his first major public appearance since the agreement was reached.

In the event that all goes as planned, he says, “my goal is to make Twitter as inclusive as possible, and to have as broad a swath of people using Twitter.”

His latest recent declaration might be the beginning to the changes he plans to implement after he has completed his takeover of the popular social media site.


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