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Monday, January 15, 2024

Will Twitter pivot to video?

Twitter proprietor Elon Musk muting accounts that annoy him is nothing new. Musk eliminated the Twitter account @elonjet that posted the billionaire’s flight knowledge publicly, which appeared like an apolitical, if infantile, transfer to fight criticism in opposition to him. Like with youngster rearing, although, one thing as seemingly innocuous however immature as that ought to be corrected early on.

However we’re coping with a grown man right here, and one of many richest in historical past. So, he will get to do what he needs to and nobody can cease him from sending his detractors to the cornfield or renaming his pet “X”.

A number of well-liked left-leaning accounts important of Musk had their accounts suspended early this month, then reinstated following complaints.

The accounts, which had been restored inside hours, all have over 75,000 followers and are recognized to be left-leaning. The short-term bans drove speedy claims of censorship from some X customers on-line, who pointed to previous situations through which the platform suspended comparable sorts of customers.

Kat Tenbarge, NBC Information

Musk claimed that the suspension was an accident and that the accounts will need to have gotten swept up with a routine bot and rip-off account purge. This appears, how ought to I put this, unlikely.

In different Twit- sorry, X, information, Musk’s been shifting round Twitter’s format to resemble it is youthful sibling, Tiktok. The platform is now purportedly video-based, much less so the web “city corridor” of Web’s previous. Everybody’s on Twitter- ah, X, sorry once more, and never Tiktok or Instagram for movies, proper? Not only for hyperlinks to furry porn and for yelling at strangers about their weird politics? Typically with the identical account?

None of this needed to occur. Nobody needed Twitter stripped all the way down to a dilapidated Instagram Reels feed. It occurred solely as a result of Musk was mendacity when he claimed he did not care in regards to the economics. Twitter at all times lacked a path to being price something close to what Instagram or TikTok was price. Twitter was merely nice at one factor: quick textual content blasts that arrived in completely curated feeds precisely when individuals despatched them. There was worth in that—not $44 billion of worth, however individuals favored it.

Alex Kirshner for Slate

Within the meantime, what with no recourse for on-line debate, I will be Screaming Into the Void.

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