Elon Musk has stated his canine has changed him as Twitter’s chief govt after showing to again away from a pledge to step down.
The billionaire SpaceX boss took over the day-to-day operating of the social media platform after buying it for $44bn (£38bn) last October.
He set a Twitter poll in motion final December, writing: “Ought to I step down as head of Twitter? I’ll abide by the outcomes of this ballot.”
Musk, 51, has often made mild of the controversy surrounding his stewardship of Twitter, and just lately changed its recognisable fowl brand with the icon of cryptocurrency Dogecoin – a Shiba Inu like his canine Floki.
The “w” in Twitter was additionally faraway from signage exterior the corporate’s San Francisco headquarters.
Musk’s uncommon interview
Musk’s BBC interview was broadcast in a Twitter Areas name, and got here after the broadcaster objected to being labelled “government-funded media” on the platform.
The BBC stated it was organized at quick discover and happened on the agency’s HQ.
Musk is often vital of media shops, and just lately eliminated The New York Occasions’ verification tick after the newspaper stated it might not pay to maintain it.
Accounts will quickly need to be signed as much as subscription service Twitter Blue to have a blue checkmark.
After quite a few false begins, Musk has stated legacy checkmarks will lastly be eliminated on 20 April. Journalists are among the many accounts set to be impacted.
Operating Twitter ‘a rollercoaster’
Having remained CEO, Musk admitted operating Twitter had been “fairly a rollercoaster” – and recommended he solely went by means of with the takeover as a result of a decide would have pressured him to.
Musk had tried to back out after making his initial offer in April 2022, prompting Twitter to sue.
He stated he has round 1,500 workers left after final 12 months’s mass lay-offs. Amongst these let go have been engineers answerable for stopping service outages, sources informed Reuters information company.
Twitter has suffered a number of bugs and outages because the flip of the 12 months, in keeping with web watchdog group NetBlocks, however Musk stated any issues had not lasted lengthy.
Musk additionally rejected claims that there had been a rise in hate speech and misinformation on Twitter.
Is a brand new title imminent?
The interview got here because it emerged Twitter Inc not exists as an organization.
In accordance with a courtroom doc filed in California, it has been merged right into a agency dubbed X Corp.
Musk appeared to substantiate the transfer by tweeting an “X”.
Previous to his takeover, Musk spoke of an ambition to turn Twitter into “X, the everything app”.
The obscure thought has been in contrast China’s WeChat, which mixes options akin to messaging, a market, and public Twitter-style posts into one place.