Elon Musk today continued his relentless attacks on those critical of how he runs Twitter, even as his flagship $8 verification plan was temporarily put on hold amid a wave of impersonation. In his latest joke, he targeted those who predicted that the microblogging site would not survive because of the changes and job cuts it implemented following the takeover last month.
Shouldn’t Twitter be dead by now or something…?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2022
“Shouldn’t Twitter be dead or something…?” he asked this morning.
This comes a day after Musk, who also heads SpaceX and Tesla, asked his critics to stay on other platforms. He concluded his message in Hindi – “Namaste” – with a folded hands emoji, emphasizing that this was the end of the dialogue.
“I hope all jurors stay on other platforms – please, I beg you,” wrote the world’s richest man who took over Twitter last month.
Users have criticized a flurry of changes Twitter has experienced over the past month.
The company had massive layoffs and now has less than half of its previous workforce. There were also mass layoffs as the new boss issued an ultimatum for employees to commit to a “hardcore” work environment. Twitter had to close its office until Monday because of the exodus last week.
Meanwhile, Musk announced yesterday that the relaunch of the verification plan for Twitter will be put on hold, citing the explosion of fake accounts.
“Delaying the relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence in stopping imitation. Will likely use a different color check for organizations than for individuals,” said the billionaire businessman.
The subscription-based “blue tick” plan was one of his most prominent moves, aside from restoring several banned accounts, including those of former US President Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West.
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