Elon Musk Announces He Finally Bought Twitter, Declares Himself "Chief Twit"

Revealing his plan for content moderation on the platform.

Tech 
22,899 Hypes 11 Comments

The long-running Elon Musk-Twitter saga may be nearing a close. In a letter to advertisers shared on social media, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said that he’s bought Twitter and detailed the motivation behind the $44 billion USD purchase.

Musk started the letter by saying that “there has been about why [he] bought Twitter and what I think about advertising. Most of it has been wrong.”

“The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence,” he wrote.

Musk went on to address potential fears of users who worry the platform “will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers.” Despite his earlier stance that Twitter should allow for all legal speech, he clarified that the platform will employ some form of content moderation.

“Twitter cannot be a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences!,” Musk wrote.

He described his vision for Twitter as “warm and welcoming to allow,” along with adhering to laws.

The letter arrives amid concerns from advertisers that total free speech on the platform would create strife regarding ads. A recent report from The Wall Street Journal citing sources familiar with the matter claimed that auto advertisers were particularly concerned about potential conflicts given that Musk is the CEO of Tesla.

Along with posting the letter, Musk has crowned himself head of Twitter, changing his bio to read “Chief Twit.”

Twitter has yet to officially confirm the news of Musk’s acquisition.

In other tech news, Sony’s new mirrorless A7R V camera uses AI to eye-track subjects.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Elon Musk Is Officially CEO of Twitter, For Now
Tech 

Elon Musk Is Officially CEO of Twitter, For Now

All hail the Chief Twit.

Elon Musk Clarifies That He Makes Final Decisions on Twitter Posts
Tech

Elon Musk Clarifies That He Makes Final Decisions on Twitter Posts

Despite having a content moderation council.

Elon Musk Begins Mass Layoffs at Twitter, Employees File Class-Action Lawsuit
Tech

Elon Musk Begins Mass Layoffs at Twitter, Employees File Class-Action Lawsuit

Employees are arguing that Musk’s abrupt layoffs run afoul of a labor law that’s specific to large companies.


Elon Musk Announces Long-Form Text for Twitter
Tech

Elon Musk Announces Long-Form Text for Twitter

“…ending absurdity of notepad screenshots.”

Unboxing: Johnnie Walker Black Label “Keep Walking City Collection” in Collaboration with AIR-INK®
Art 

Unboxing: Johnnie Walker Black Label “Keep Walking City Collection” in Collaboration with AIR-INK®

Presented by Johnnie Walker
New limited edition bottles depict five thriving cities illustrated with ink made from air pollution.

Rémy Martin and Hypebeast Magazine Celebrated the Publication’s 30th Issue at HBX New York
Events 

Rémy Martin and Hypebeast Magazine Celebrated the Publication’s 30th Issue at HBX New York

Presented by Rémy Martin
The New Frontiers issue was celebrated across three floors of HBX with a dedicated Rémy Martin bar and exclusive exhibition.

Slam Jam and Fuct Pay Homage to '90s Streetwear With Debut Capsule Collection
Fashion

Slam Jam and Fuct Pay Homage to '90s Streetwear With Debut Capsule Collection

Alongside an exclusive book launch and signing at Milan’s Spazio Maiocchi to celebrate the closing of the ‘Oval Parody’ exhibition.

adidas: Life After YEEZY
Footwear 

adidas: Life After YEEZY

A new era for adidas is beginning after the termination of their partnership with Ye. Here’s what could happen.

Sony’s New Mirrorless A7R V Camera Uses AI to Eye-Track Subjects
Tech

Sony’s New Mirrorless A7R V Camera Uses AI to Eye-Track Subjects

Hitting store shelves this December for $3,900 USD.


Ye's Donda Academy Closes for 2022-23 School Year
Entertainment

Ye's Donda Academy Closes for 2022-23 School Year

Confirmed by the controversial Christian school’s principal on Wednesday evening.

Marni Announces Collaboration With No Vacancy Inn
Fashion

Marni Announces Collaboration With No Vacancy Inn

Coming next spring.

Inside G.H. Mumm’s 'Mark Your Own Journey' Dinner With Chef Kwame Onwuachi
Food & Beverage 

Inside G.H. Mumm’s 'Mark Your Own Journey' Dinner With Chef Kwame Onwuachi

Presented by G.H.Mumm
Tastemakers of NYC were in attendance for the launch of G.H. Mumm’s ‘Mark Your Own Journey’ Campaign.

See Diddy Explore New York City by Convertible in New “Diddy Freestyle” Visual
Music

See Diddy Explore New York City by Convertible in New “Diddy Freestyle” Visual

Featuring cameos from Yung Miami and Diddy’s sons.

Embrace Your Inner Tiger With Paraboot’s Latest Reims Shoe
Footwear

Embrace Your Inner Tiger With Paraboot’s Latest Reims Shoe

Crafted from high-quality cowhide leather.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.