May 4, 2022 - Technology

Musk, critics trade shots over Twitter

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The intrigue surrounding Twitter continued on Tuesday with a fresh dialogue between Elon Musk and those critical of his pending deal to buy the service.

Why it matters: The battle for control of Twitter is also a battle for the future of its product.

Driving the news:

  • Critics of Musk's purchase issued a letter calling on advertisers to insist that the service maintain its current content moderation policies, including bans on users who spread hate and harassment.
  • Musk, meanwhile, questioned the motives of critics and also hinted in a separate tweet that the company may charge some businesses and government entities to use the service.
  • Oh, yeah, and if he buys Twitter, Musk might take it public again within a few years, per the Wall Street Journal.
  • Separately, Twitter announced it is testing Circle, a new feature that lets people share a post with up to 150 friends rather than posting it publicly.

The bottom line: Twitter, its users and employees are in for a wild ride. The company acknowledged as much in a regulatory filing, warning Musk's purchase could lead to revenue loss and employee attrition.

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