Elon Musk has turned Twitter into a clown show in a matter of days

News November 2, 2022 News
Elon Musk has turned Twitter into a clown show in a matter of days

From NBC News | Think Opinion by Paris Marx, host of the "Tech Won't Save Us" podcast

Paris Marx is the host of the "Tech Won't Save Us" podcast and author of “Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation.”

Less than a week after Elon Musk finally gave in and paid full price for Twitter, his attempts to remake the platform are already descending into an entirely predictable clown show. Watching him begin to reshape content moderation and launch a poorly considered monetization scheme would be entertaining if their potential effects weren’t so dire, with consequences for Twitter’s employees and users, and potentially the broader society.

Twitter is going to change under the absolute authority of Musk, but it doesn’t look like it’s for the better. Guided by skewed alt-right ideas for reshaping the platform and with the pressure to rapidly monetize users to pay soaring annual interest payments, even his hype machine may not be enough to save the platform from his poor management. But at least some users might stick around to experience the train wreck for themselves.

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