Twitter to do 'lots of dumb things' in coming months: Musk
Elon Musk admits that he is planning on doing "dumb" things in the upcoming period as his Twitter takeover is still embroiled in controversy.
The social media giant newly acquired by Elon Musk, Twitter, will make lots of "dumb" decisions in the coming months following its acquisition and prospective overhaul by its new owner, the billionaire Tesla CEO said on Wednesday.
"Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months," Musk said via the social media platform.
Twitter will keep what works and discard that which does not, Musk added.
Over a hundred members of the EU Parliament requested through a letter to the Parliament's speaker Roberta Metsola to summon Musk to hear about his plans for the social media platform.
The Tesla billionaire, who is uncannily warm with the Pentagon through SpaceX and Starlink, which both uphold aggressive military infrastructure, has raised concern following his purchase of the app as his political agenda for the platform, which is used by many European policy-setters and lawmakers, remains vague and unclear.
Meanwhile, Musk enabled a secondary verification checkmark on accounts, in addition to existing ones, before quickly reversing the feature.
"I just killed it," Musk replied to a user who shared images of the duplicate verification checkmarks.
Musk proposed a monthly fee for verification on Twitter in an effort to "democratize journalism."
Musk has also cracked down on impersonating accounts that are not clearly labeled as such. Musk is reportedly considering the idea of adding a paywall to the site as well.
Days into Musk's leadership of Twitter, his promises and provocations have elicited a flood of responses, including warnings from the United Nations and an apology from Twitter's co-founder.
The new version of Twitter Blue, which Musk has indicated will cost $8 per month and will give users a blue checkmark and benefits like fewer ads in their feeds, started to be made available to users on Saturday through the platform's mobile app.
"Starting today, we're adding great new features to Twitter Blue," says the update, only on iPhones for now. "Get Twitter Blue for $7.99 a month if you sign up now."
Immediately upon taking office, Musk fired Twitter's top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal.
A few days later, he also laid off the company's board of directors, rendering himself the sole board member.
There had not been any public notice of Musk's intention of firing employees, although the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires companies with at least 100 workers to give notice of layoffs involving 500 or more employees, whether public or private.