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Twitter's largest contributor, Elon Musk, wonders if the social network is 'dying'

Twitter’s largest contributor, Elon Musk, wonders if the social network is ‘dying’

Elon Musk on April 7, 2022 in Austin, Texas afp_tickers

This content was published on Apr 09, 2022 – 17:12

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Elon Musk, a Tesla owner who is now a Twitter board member, asked in his usual provocative way on Saturday whether the social network was “dying,” referring to accounts with many followers but very little activity.

“Most of these ‘super’ accounts seldom tweet and post very little content. Is Twitter dying?” , adding a list of the 10 most subscribed profiles.

Former US President Barack Obama appears in the forefront, with 131 million subscribers, followed by many entertainment stars (Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga…) and Elon Musk who appeared in eighth place with 81. million followers.

“Justin Bieber has only tweeted once this year,” added the entrepreneur, who posts about his business, personal thoughts and memoirs almost every day.

Having become the first shareholder of the California group on Monday, the billionaire specified, in a document he sent to the stock market regulator, that his participation was “passive”, that is, he did not intend to influence the great strategic decisions of the authority. a program.

But then he was invited to join the company’s board of directors by CEO Parag Agrawal, whom he considers “a passionate and staunch critic of the network, which is exactly what we needed”.

Musk said he’s eager to start making “significant improvements to Twitter” soon, and asked his followers in a poll if they’d like to see an “edit” button added to the social network (which will allow a tweet to be edited after it’s been posted). published online).

Twitter later said it would start experimenting with it.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder is scheduled to meet with Twitter employees soon for a question-and-answer session.

Several Twitter employees raised their concerns after Musk joined the board of directors, citing the billionaire’s comments about transgender people and his reputation as a difficult leader, according to internal discussion letters, reported by The Washington Post.

On Thursday, Musk posted a photo on Twitter of him holding a knuckle surrounded by an aura of smoke. The image, taken from one of his appearances on podcast host Joe Rogan, is accompanied by the following caption: “Twitter’s upcoming board of directors is going to be awesome.”

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