Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is the most significant development in the world of social media in a long time.
He’s a polarizing figure. He is loved by his legions of followers who believe that Twitter’s purchase was an excellent move.
Some criticize him for recent layoffs, and giving voice to those with perilous views.
I asked creators their thoughts. Here’s what they said:
“Personally, I think that the Elon Musk takeover is a good thing and here’s why: Elon has already changed the world in unimaginable ways, like: Saving the environment from gas pollution and leading the charge to make Mars habitable. Elon Musk has an excellent track record of helping humanity. So, if anyone has the credentials to take over Twitter, it would be Elon Musk.” Chris Wilson (@chriswilson)
“Elon buying Twitter seems to be a significant change for the platform. He said he’s thinking of charging $8 a month for verification, which is a little weird because I think it should be earned. Your verification status should remain valid unless there is something you did that was unacceptable. Also, I hope he brings back Vine!” Ashley Newman (@ashleyfaithnewman)
“Elon Musk buying Twitter is an overall logical move. Twitter has a wider range of biases than most people realise and can have a greater impact on politics and the economy. Musk’s purchase of Twitter is not intended to silence beliefs, instead it will create a more expansive range of judgements that will allow people to speak more freely. Any social platform that allows censorship will add to the problems we have faced over the last few years.” Celia Braud (@celiabraud)
“I support him. Elon Musk has a great future outlook. He is transforming the world into the real life “World Wide Web.” I believe he is going to grow and evolve the world with his involvement.” Aaron Fuller (@aaronxfuller)
“Twitter has been one of my favorite platforms for years. And Elon’s business ethic is unmatched. I’m excited to see where this goes.” FaZe Rug (@fazerug)
“His first few weeks have been very intriguing for sure. “His first few weeks have been very interesting for me. I’m interested in the tools creators have on-platform. And based on his track records, I expect some incredible updates. Even this week, between changes in verification and a potential VINE reboot, I think he has real innovation in mind.” Gabby Murray (@gabbymurrayy)
“I’m not a very active user on Twitter but it does blow my mind that a single person can buy something for $44 billion. It is my belief that social media should be more supportive and loving. Also, it would be awesome if Twitter could support creators!” Bri Ward (@briward)
“Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, in my eyes, is a faulty choice. The push for ‘free speech’ is worrying, particularly for what the means for content moderation. Opening up Twitter’s rather relaxed guidelines, even more could have adverse effects for monetization. Advertisers may be uncomfortable placing ads near hate speech. Musk’s decision to purchase Twitter, which he has gone back and forth on, seems hasty and needed more time. If Musk struggles to make this acquisition work, it could one of the industry’s biggest failures; it will not only affect Twitter but maybe even Tesla as well.” –G4rnish (@g4rnish)
“I think Elon Musk is just another billionaire with a superiority complex. The acquisition of Twitter by Musk is nothing but a power grab and will ultimately affect thousands of Twitter employees. I feel like Twitter is not going to be the same as it was before and Musk’s language surrounding what he will allow on the platform is threatening. It feels like Twitter is going to have the same problems Facebook has had with misinformation as Elon has shown he has no desire to limit or restrict potentially dangerous tweets.” Aidan Rhys Langford (@aidanlangford)
“Honestly, there are a lot of things going on in the world right now and Elon Musk’s purchase and privatization of Twitter doesn’t really cross my mind. Although I do have an account, I rarely make use of the site. Whether a billionaire wants to purchase a company, or not, doesn’t impact me. The hate that I see on these platforms is overwhelming and it isn’t getting any better. It is time to stop complaining, and instead wait and watch. Let him see the real thing before you make assumptions about what he will do. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.” Blake Manning (@blakexmanning)
“Being completely honest I am not too educated on Elon Musk or Twitter. I’ve never really learned how to effectively use Twitter. However, I believe that Elon, based on what I’ve read and heard about him, is smart and successful. He’s also grown a huge name for himself on social media, even though that’s not his focus. Because of this, he probably would have some great ideas for Twitter.” Sadie Crowell (@sadiecrowell)