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San Francisco (AFP) – Elon Musk, the Tesla boss who is now a Twitter board member, wondered in his typically provocative way on Saturday if the social network was “dying,” mentioning widely followed but inactive accounts.
“Most of these ‘super’ accounts rarely tweet and post little content. Is Twitter dying?” she wrote, captioning a list of the 10 profiles with the most subscribers.
Former President Barack Obama appears in the lead with 131 million people, followed by various entertainment stars (Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga…) and Elon Musk, in eighth position with 81 million subscribers.
“Justin Bieber has only tweeted once this year,” added the businessman, who posts messages about his businesses, personal thoughts and memes (humourous hijacked images) almost every day.
After becoming the first shareholder of the Californian group on Monday, the capricious billionaire had specified in the document sent to the stock market regulator that his participation was “passive”, that is, that he did not intend to influence major strategic decisions.
But then he was invited to join the company’s board by its CEO, Parag Agrawal, who sees him as “a passionate and intense critic of the network, which is exactly what we need.”
Since then, Elon Musk has multiplied the provocations. In particular, he ran a poll on his profile to ask if Twitter users wanted an “edit” button to correct a tweet after it was posted. Nearly 4.4 million people voted, with about 73% answering “yes.”
The platform then announced that it was testing this feature, which had been requested by many users for years.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder is scheduled to meet with Twitter employees soon for a question-and-answer session.
According to the Washington Post, several employees expressed concern, believing in particular that the values of the richest man in the world were not aligned with the social network’s corporate culture.
The Tesla factory in Fremont, Silicon Valley, is accused of racial discrimination by the State of California.
On Thursday, Elon Musk posted a meme on Twitter, consisting of a photo of him holding a joint, surrounded by a halo of smoke. The snap, from one of his stints on host Joe Rogan’s podcast, is captioned: “Next Twitter forum gonna rock.”
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