5 ways Elon Musk could transform Twitter – from the edit button to blue ticks for everyone

The social network Twitter will be taken over by Elon Musk this year. The richest man in the world has spoken openly on Twitter before, and here are some improvements to come

Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, speaks during Satellite 2020 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. -
Elon Musk is the richest man in the world and paid a huge sum for Twitter

Elon Musk has struck a deal to buy Twitter for £34billion – and changes are on the horizon for the social media platform.

Musk, the world’s richest man and CEO of Tesla, is an avid Twitter user and announced yesterday that he will buy the microblogging platform immediately.

The transaction is expected to close later this year, with Musk agreeing to pay £42.57 for each Twitter share.

That means the social media platform will become a private company owned by Musk.

The entrepreneur has laid out some of his plans for Twitter, although these are very broad at the moment.

Here are some of the changes Musk has hinted at that Twitter may be in the future – although time will tell what will really happen.

1) More “Freedom of Speech”

One of the changes Musk has been most vocal about is that he wants more freedom of speech on Twitter.

Musk said yesterday, “Freedom of expression is the bedrock of a functioning democracy and Twitter is the digital marketplace where matters important to the future of humanity are debated.”

He added: “I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter because that means freedom of expression.”

However, human rights groups are concerned that the movement towards more freedom of expression could also lead to more hate speech.

Amnesty International said: “We are concerned about any steps Twitter may take to undermine the enforcement of user protection policies and mechanisms.

“The last thing we need is a Twitter that willfully turns a blind eye to violent and offensive language directed at users, especially those most affected, including women, non-binaries and others.”

2) An edit button

Musk has previously expressed interest in allowing an editing feature for Twitter.

In April, Musk tweeted a poll asking Twitter users if they would like an edit button.

More than four million people voted, and more than 70% said yes.

This would allow users to change their tweets after they’ve been sent.

This was previously denied by Twitter, but the company is now testing an editing feature for some users.

3) More transparency

Another change Musk wants to make is to make Twitter more transparent.

He has announced ambitions to reduce spam on the platform and open source Twitter’s algorithm.

This means the public can see how Twitter prioritizes tweets, how it penalizes others, and what factors make a tweet go viral.

4) Anyone could get a “blue tick”.

Currently, Twitter gives “blue tick” authentication to users it deems notable in any way.

This includes politicians, journalists and celebrities who could lose out if someone sets up a fake account pretending to be them.

But the process is difficult and it’s difficult to get a blue tick, which has been a source of frustration for many.

Twitter has been handing out blue ticks since 2009 but has tightened its rules over time and most people are now required to apply.

Musk has announced plans to “authenticate all people” — which could mean everyone gets a blue tick.

5) Some celebrities will leave

Some well-known figures have announced they are leaving Twitter due to the Musk acquisition.

One of them is British actor Jameela Jamil, who starred in the television series The Good Place.

She said she expects the platform to “become an even more lawless, hateful, xenophobic, bigoted, misogynistic space.”

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