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. His legions of fans think that purchasing Twitter was a brilliant move and that he is the savior that Twitter has needed for years.
Others are criticizing him for his recent layoffs and for giving a voice to people with dangerous viewpoints.
I asked some creators what they thought. 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. He has a track record for trying to improve 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. You should be able to keep your verification status unless you do something wrong enough to have it revoked. Also, I hope he brings back Vine!” Ashley Newman (@ashleyfaithnewman)
“I love my Tesla, so, I’ll start there. I think there could be some positive change to Twitter. Elon has talked about having more longer form videos on Twitter and sharing revenue for creators. If that happens, I think it would be great.” Amélie Tremblay (@amelietremb)
“Elon Musk buying Twitter is an overall logical move. Twitter is generally a more biased platform and it impacts the economy and politics more than people realize. 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 is very future-oriented. 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. For me, I am interested and invested in the unique tools that creators have to work with on-platform and based on his track record, I think there will be some amazing updates to come. 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. I think social media needs to become a more loving and less hateful place, so I hope any changes that are made help move in that direction. 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 not be comfortable placing ads next to what could be 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. His acquisition of Twitter is just another power grab that ultimately is going to affect the jobs of thousands of people at Twitter. 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. I have an account but rarely use the platform. Whether a billionaire wants to purchase a company, or not, doesn’t impact me. There is enough hate on the platforms, that I am on, that I get on a daily basis that is not getting moderate. I think people should stop complaining and wait and see. Give him a chance to see what he actually does before making assumptions on what he is going to 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. But I think that from what I have read, and heard, about Elon is that he is a smart and successful person. 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)