AFP, published on Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 18:31
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, now a Twitter board member, in his typically provocative manner on Saturday wondered if the social network was “dying,” mentioning heavily followed but inactive accounts. .
“Most of these ‘super’ accounts rarely tweet and post little content. Is Twitter dying?” he wrote, captioning a list of the 10 most-subscribed profiles.
Former President Barack Obama tops the list with 131 million followers, followed by several entertainment stars (Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga…) and Elon Musk in eighth place with 81 million subscribers.
“Justin Bieber has only tweeted once this year,” added the businessman, who posts news about his businesses, personal thoughts and memes (hijacked humorous images) almost daily.
The quirky billionaire, who became the first shareholder of the Californian group on Monday, stated in the document sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission that his participation is “passive”, meaning he does not intend to influence important strategic decisions.
However, he was later invited to the company’s board by CEO Parag Agrawal, who sees him as “a passionate and intense critic of the network, which is exactly what we need.”
Since then, Elon Musk has multiplied the provocations. Specifically, he ran a poll on his profile to ask if Twitter users would like an “edit” button to correct a tweet after it was published. Nearly 4.4 million people voted, and about 73% answered yes.
The platform then announced that it was testing this feature, which many users had been asking for for years.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder is said to be meeting with Twitter employees for a question-and-answer session soon.
According to the Washington Post, several employees expressed concern, particularly believing that the values of the world’s richest man did not align with the social network’s corporate culture.
The Tesla factory in Fremont, Silicon Valley, has been accused by the US state of California of racial discrimination.
On Thursday, Elon Musk posted a meme on Twitter consisting of a photo where we see him holding a joint surrounded by a puff of smoke. Host Joe Rogan captioned the snap from one of his appearances on the podcast, “The next Twitter board is going to rock.”