Oliver stated that Musk had initially tried to decrease the bar, explaining that his newly purchased firm would “do numerous dumb issues in coming months.” At which level Oliver talked about Musk’s notorious try at charging customers $8 a month to confirm their accounts.
Twitter initially used blue checkmarks to confirm that notable individuals and corporations have been who they stated they have been. Musk’s new pay-to-play “Twitter Blue” program, which eliminated verification processes and as an alternative sells a blue examine to anybody with $8, led to a slew of counterfeit accounts
However the record of Musk misfires continues to develop. After sacking an enormous variety of Twitter executives and different staff within the first days after buying the corporate, Musk additionally eliminated explainer tags for trending matters, “a function that beforehand helped add better context and combated misinformation,” Oliver stated, including that #RIPJimmyFallon was just lately trending with none additional data.
Oliver went on to say that every one of Musk’s shenanigans have taken a toll on the platform, explaining that advertisers have begun pulling income, “Normal Mills, GM [General Motors], United Airways and Pfizer,” Oliver famous.
Essence Journal reviews that Balenciaga, Eli Lilly, Playbill, Audi, and Volkswagen have all left the platform. Moreover, a lengthy record of celebrities have additionally walked away from Twitter: Whoopi Goldberg, Toni Braxton, Shonda Rhimes, Micky Foley, Gigi Hadid, Brian Koppelman, and Téa Leoni, to call a number of.
A director of a “medium sized b2b tech firm” tweeted Monday an evidence of why they have been “pausing” their Twitter advertisements, citing “severe model questions of safety,” with advertisements “subsequent to terrible content material” and “replies to our posts with hardcore antisemitism and grownup spam,” even after it was flagged.
One other monumentally “dumb factor” Musk just lately did was to permit former President Donald Trump’s account to be reinstated on the platform.
Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League weighed in: “For @elonmusk to permit Donald Trump again on Twitter, ostensibly after a short ballot, reveals he’s not remotely severe about safeguarding the platform from hate, harassment and misinformation.”
Oliver commented that Musk’s on-line persona has been a “enjoyable troll,” however in response to a latest look, it appears as if “the enjoyable might have worn off for him.”
Oliver then confirmed a video of Musk talking on the B20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, the place Musk appeared just about. He talked about working day and night time on the platform, to which Oliver screamed, “Holy shit,” including, “That man is in each doable sense, in a really darkish place. Your complete vibe of that video is ‘Wizard of Oz’ suicide observe.”
Oliver ended his Twitter section by concluding that Musk appears clueless concerning the platform’s course and, and as others have stated, uncertain it would survive. “He paid roughly $44 billion for an organization that he’s now demolishing at each flip,” The New Republic’s Matt Ford wrote.
“He’s decimated his employees and degraded his product, and positive, he may try to promote what’s left of Twitter, or it could actually proceed functioning worse than earlier than as his free-for-all digital clown city … And whereas the potential collapse of this website has been unhappy for the employees and for many who have relied on it, there may be undeniably one thing slightly satisfying a couple of man who was so determined to be perceived as cool and humorous on the web that he paid $44 billion to make it occur, solely to find that he nonetheless one way or the other couldn’t afford it.”