December 2, 2022

Musk Calls ‘Lords & Peasants’ Blue Check System ‘Bullshit’ – Will Charge $8 Each month

Right after new Twitter owner Elon Musk responded to a temper tantrum by leftist scary author Stephen King over a  rumored $20 for each month  charge to keep one’ s coveted ‘ azure check’ status symbol for the platform,   Musk has clarified what’ s likely to happen; it’ ll end up being $8 per month  (or $96 per year, or a good inverted 69). We need to pay […]#@@#@!!

After new Tweets owner Elon Musk responded to a temper tantrum by leftist horror author Stephen King over a  rumored $20 per month   charge to keep a person’s coveted ‘ blue check’ status symbol on the platform,   Musk has clarified what’s going to happen; it’ll be $8 per month  (or $96 per year, or an upside down 69).

In the series of Tuesday tweets, Musk said “ Twitter’s present lords & peasants system for who has or does not have a blue checkmark  is bullshit . ”

Power to people! Blue for $8/month, ” he added.

He then tweeted that prices ‘ by country’ will be proportionate to purchasing power, and added that  subscribers will receive ‘ priority in replies, mentions & search, ” and the “ ability to post long video & audio” in addition to “ Half as many ads. ”

Earlier Wednesday, the  Wall Street Journal   reported that Twitter would be  ending the ability regarding Twitter Blue subscribers to gain access to ad-free articles from web publishers .

Twitter Blue is a roughly year-old monthly subscription that  offers premium features , such as an “ undo tweet” option and  access to ad-free articles   from numerous publishers, including Vox, Los Angeles Times and Insider.

The move comes as the company’s new owner, Tesla Inc. Key Executive  Elon Musk , makes  capturing changes from high-profile firings to product improvements since  closing the particular $44 billion deal  last week. Tuesday morning, Sarah Personette, Twitter’s chief customer officer, said on Twitter that she resigned upon Friday. -WSJ

No word on regardless of whether verified users will have 90 days to sign up for the $8 services or lose their coveted ‘ blue checks. ‘

Last week former Twitter CFO suggested people would be willing to pay $49/month, and if not, shouldn’t happen to be verified in the first place.

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Followers of Star Trek: The following Generation may recall the episode where extra-dimensional dickhead “ Q” is stripped of his powers with regard to spreading chaos throughout the universe.

Well, Elon Musk simply did that to Twitter’s  content moderation thought police   with just weeks to go before midterms – cutting the amount of employees who can access censorship tools  from hundreds to around  15 people   last week, and reducing their particular ability to influence discussion at the platform.

According to  Bloomberg , Musk and his ‘ war cupboard ‘ have  frozen some employee entry to internal tools used for content moderation and the enforcement associated with other policies , neutering staff’s abilities to ‘ alter or penalize balances that break rules around misleading information, offensive articles and hate speech. ‘

They also will not be able to banish highly credentialed doctors and researchers publishing divergent Covid-19 narratives.

All but the most ‘ high-impact violations set to get manual review’ will remain to the platform, according to people acquainted with the matter.

Twitter personnel use dashboards, known as agent tools, to carry out actions like banning or suspending a merchant account that is deemed to have breached policy.   Recognition of policy breaches can either be flagged by additional Twitter users or discovered automatically, but taking action on them requires human insight and access to the dash tools. Those tools have already been suspended since last week, people said.

This restriction is part of a broader plan to freeze Twitter’s software code to keep employees from pushing changes to the app throughout the transition to new possession.   Typically this level of access is provided to a group of people numbering in the 100s, and that was initially reduced to about 15 people a week ago, according to two from the people, who asked not to be named discussing inner decisions. Musk completed their $44 billion deal to take the company private on April. 27. -Bloomberg

On Sunday, Twitter employees got limited access to the internal tools   to law enforcement Brazil’s presidential election.

Meanwhile, the company remains using automated enforcement technology as well as third-party contractors.

The restricted capability to restrict free speech  has given   Twitter’s Trust and Safety Team the vapors –   along with employees worried that the organization will be short-handed during the runup to the Nov. 8 midterm election. Recall the Believe in and Safety Team had been headed by  now-fired Vijaya Gadde  – who would have had a large role (perhaps even the final decision) to ban ZeroHedge in February, 2020 for recommending that Covid-19 was the result of a lab leak (and that we ‘ doxxed’ a Wuhan lab employee making use of publicly available data – aka not doxxing).

Internally, employees say,   Musk has raised questions about a number of the guidelines, and has zeroed in on a few specific rules which he wants the team to review . The first is Twitter’s general misinformation policy, which penalizes posts that include falsehoods regarding topics like election final results and Covid-19. Musk wants the policy to be more specific, according to people familiar with the situation.

Musk has also questioned the team to review Twitter’s hateful conduct policy , according to the people, specifically an area that says users could be penalized for “ targeted misgendering or deadnaming associated with transgender individuals. ” -Bloomberg

On Monday, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security and integrity,   tweeted   on Monday that the company was addressing an increase in offensive posts.

“ Since Saturday, we’ve been centered on addressing the surge in hateful conduct on Tweets. We’ve made measurable improvement, removing more than 1500 accounts and reducing impressions on this content to nearly zero, ” he wrote, adding “ We’re primarily dealing with the focused, short-term trolling advertising campaign. ”

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