Elon Musk, who is in the process of acquiring Twitter, has announced the latest change he’s considering for the platform: that some users will have to pay to use the service.
“Ultimately the fall of the Freemasons gave away their stone-cutting services for nothing,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday.
“Twitter will still be free for casual users, but perhaps a small cost for commercial/government users,” he continued.
Twitter is free for users at the moment, but also offers a subscription product called Twitter Blue in four countries: the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The cost for US users is $2.99 per month.
In tweets that have since been deleted, Musk called for changes to Twitter Blue, including lowering the cost to subscribers and removing ads, according to The Guardian.
Last month, Twitter’s board accepted Musk’s offer to buy the company for around $44 billion. The deal includes a $1 billion termination fee, which Musk will have to pay if he backs out of the deal, according to Bloomberg.
“Free speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital public square where issues vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a press release announcing the release. deal. He also said he would change algorithms and get rid of spam bots on the social media platform.
Critics of Musk’s free speech absolutism have noted that Twitter is already a platform where women, racial minorities and other marginalized groups are targeted for harassment, and its no-nonsense approach. -proposed intervention can only aggravate the problem.
The billionaire also tweeted in favor of end-to-end encryption of direct messagesand asked his now over 90 million followers about creating an edit button.
Musk spoke about his vision for Twitter while attending the Met Gala on Monday. His goal for the platform is “to have a service that’s as broadly inclusive as possible, where ideally most of America is on it and talking,” Musk told reporters on the red carpet.
Despite its cultural significance, Twitter is a small company compared to some of its well-known rivals.
The company is ranked #15 in monthly active users, as of January 2022, according to Statista. According to these metrics, Twitter has 436 million monthly active users, while Facebook, which tops the list, reaches over 2 billion users.