These are Elon Musk’s possible plans for Twitter after a $44 billion deal

Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter on Monday means big changes could lie ahead for the social media site — including Donald Trump’s potential return, vetting of all human users of the site, and converting the company’s headquarters into a homeless shelter .

While Musk hasn’t specifically promised to allow Trump back on Twitter, he has said the site’s current moderation policies are too restrictive, prompting speculation about Trump’s possible return.

But the former president, who was banned last year for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, claimed in a Fox News interview Monday that despite its new owner, he doesn’t want to return to Twitter — and instead plans to own his using his ailing Twitter alternative, TRUTH Social, although he hasn’t posted to the site since February.

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Elon Musk is considering big changes for Twitter.
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In another hint at how Musk might deal with content moderation issues on Twitter, he wrote last week that “a social media platform’s policies are good when the most extreme 10% of left and right are equally dissatisfied.”

The billionaire has also said he wants to verify “all real people” using the site to fight spam.

“If our Twitter bid succeeds, we will defeat the spam bots or die trying!” he tweeted in early April.

Additionally, Musk has said he’s considering an “edit button” for Twitter, adding in an interview last week that one way to reduce abuse of the feature could be to “retweet and favorite” zero” when a tweet is edited.

Musk has said he intends to make Twitter’s algorithm publicly available online to address concerns from some users who claim that certain tweets are being unfairly promoted or downgraded.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features, open-sourcing algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and authenticate all humans,” Musk said in a statement Monday .

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“If our Twitter bid is successful, we will defeat the spam bots or die trying!” Musk said.

Musk has also considered more outlandish changes, including converting Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter — an idea endorsed by Jeff Bezos — and dropping the word “w” from Twitter’s name.

“I’m serious,” the billionaire said in early April of Twitter’s name change to an apparent reference to boobs.

Prior to the announcement that Twitter’s executive board had accepted Musk’s proposal, employees were divided over the potential takeover. One Twitter contributor called Musk “a racist demagogue with a god complex,” while another said, “Let’s go Daddy Elon!”

One Twitter employee likely unhappy about Musk’s acquisition is CEO Parag Agrawal, who critics say has enforced unfair bans on users.

Prior to Musk’s takeover bid, he posted a meme comparing Agrawal to Joseph Stalin.

Twitter’s press release announcing Musk’s acquisition quoted Agrawal but made no mention of his future. These are Elon Musk’s possible plans for Twitter after a $44 billion deal


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