Elon Musk Signals Longer-Form Tweets, Sharing Wealth With Users

Elon Musk’s Twitter account is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on April 26, 2022 in Paris, France.
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Elon Musk said Twitter will start letting users monetize “all forms of content” as he begins to put his stamp on the social media site he has just purchased.

That is according to a Tweet Saturday (November 5), the day after Musk laid off something like half of the company’s staff following the earlier exits of top executives.

Musk also tweeted that Twitter will “soon” allow users to append long-form texts to tweets rather than making them take screenshots, as is the case currently given Twitter’s 280-character limit, double the original restriction. The short-form limitation was arguably Twitter’s key gimmick/competitive differentiator when it launched in 2006.

Musk called it the end of “the absurdity of notepad screen shots.”

Also: Groups Ramp Up Pressure on Twitter Advertisers

Musk has been getting a lot of grief for the job cuts and for his defense of free speech, which others see as an abdication of the powerful platform's content moderation responsibilities and an invitation to hate speech and disinformation.

Various civil society groups have called on advertisers to boycott the platform over their concerns about hate speech and misinformation, including arguing that cutting jobs means even less oversight of content moderation that would weed out such speech. ■

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.