The Death of Twitter


James Duncan Davidson

Elon Musk, serial entrepreneur, at TED2013: The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered. Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Long Beach, CA. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Lilly Keith, Writer

The Death of Twitter

New CEO of Twitter Elon Musk’s Impact on the Platform


One of the most recognized phone notification sounds is that incessant chirping noise that always seems to go off out in public. Good news and bad news. Good news: that sound might be going extinct. Bad news: Twitter might go with it. 


Elon Musk has recently been crowned as the new owner and CEO of Twitter. He paid $44 billion for his ownership of Twitter. 


Musk’s ultimate ambition is bringing “free speech” back to Twitter. 


He has reinstated Donald Trump and Kanye West on the platform. 


His free speech goal has led to misuse of the platform and has caused damage to the internal mechanisms of Twitter. 


Since his purchase of Twitter, the copyright system has now broken. Users now have the ability to upload full movies onto Twitter.


Of course, they have to upload the content in chunks one at a time, but the entirety of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was illegally uploaded by a Twitter user. The movie was up on Twitter for almost 24 hours. 


Without a functioning copyright system, Twitter is now more at risk for liabilities and legal troubles. 


Twitter employees will now have to remove all copyrighted content from their platform manually, causing employees to have to work even harder. 


After all, Twitter doesn’t have enough employees anymore to keep everything in check. 


Musk has caused roughly 4,600 employees to lose their jobs with the company by laying them off. Hundreds of others have quit their jobs at Twitter as well, not wishing to be a part of what Musk has declared to be “Twitter 2.0” or Twitter Blue.”


Tons of essential employees have quit their jobs at Twitter, causing recently departed Twitter employees to worry that the platform will break. 


An essential group of engineers that repair broken parts of Twitter have quit, saying that if anything were to happen to the platform nobody would be there to fix it.


Musk is wanting to increase his staff’s hours as well. 


“This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade,” Musk said in a Tweet. 


Apple is now threatening to remove the Twitter app from the app store, according to a series of Musk’s tweets. 


Some of the most alarming Tweets contained antisemitic remarks. 


“The Jews took pictures during the civil rights movement and they swear they moved mountains,” @sugawould tweeted.


“Translation: it’s the Jews,” @388shark quote tweeted in response to a tweet about a mission to save us from the globalists.


“Raising money to kill Jews: great piece by Ami Horowitz. THIS. S**. IS. CRAZY” @adamalbilya tweeted with a video attached to it where a man goes around a city asking people for donations. 


“He finally released the Message to Jews vid,” @punishedvegeta with a photo attached that says “To the globalists, back off.”


More alarming Tweets contained racist remarks. 


“Elon now controls Twitter. Unleash the racial slurs. K—S AND N—–S,” tweeted one account found by The Washington Post.  


“I can freely express how much I hate n—–s … now, thank you Elon,” The Washington Post found in a Tweet. 


With these examples of recent Tweets, Twitter’s censorship and restrictions are practically nonexistent at this point, one of Musk’s goals for his takeover. 


With more and more updates about Musk’s takeover coming in on the daily, the fate of Twitter is unknown.