On Thursday, Elon Musk told Twitter staff that the firm needs to become more like WeChat and TikTok to reach its target of 1 billion users.
According to staff who heard Musk’s statements during his first internal all-hands meeting, when asked how Twitter might grow its user base and enhance engagement, he said the service should offer more utility and ensure “people are entertained and educated.” He compared it to WeChat, a popular Chinese program that combines social media, money, games, and ride-hailing.
“There is no WeChat equivalent outside of China,” Musk declared via his phone camera after arriving 10 minutes late to the virtual conference. “You reside in China and use WeChat. If we do the same thing with Twitter, we’ll be golden.
He also praised TikTok’s algorithm for not being “boring,” saying, “In the same manner, we could hone Twitter to be engaging.” He went on to say that Twitter is superior at breaking news. “He believes Twitter can do a better job of informing people about important topics,” he said. When asked how Twitter’s success will be measured in the next five to ten years, Musk stated the company should be “contributing to a stronger, longer-lasting civilization where we are better able to grasp the nature of reality.”
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Musk emphasized his desire for Twitter to rely more heavily on subscriptions and fees on the call, suggesting that people should pay to be verified. He mentioned the concept of an “irony” label at one time so that someone might demonstrate it.
As reported by The Verge, He also reiterated his desire to crack down on bots and spam, adding that “having a troll army needs to be considerably more expensive.” As a show of good faith, the Tesla CEO threatened to cancel the transaction over the bot issue, prompting Twitter to grant him complete data access.
He stated that he wants to make the corporation more financially conservative but is not entirely opposed to “extraordinary” workers working from home. He wouldn’t say whether he’d stay on as Twitter’s CEO after taking over, but he did say he’d be heavily committed to the company’s product and operations.
Musk, at the end of the discussion, changed the subject from the age of the earth to possibly dead civilizations on other planets.