Jack Dorsey asks Elon Musk how to fix Twitter

Andrew Cummings
January 19, 2020

Musk replied that being able to determine who was a real user and who was fake was key: "Is this a real person, or is this a bot net, or a sort of troll army, or something like that?"

Elon Musk has some ideas to improve Twitter.

Musk responded by saying it would be helpful to know whether a user is real or not.

That's after the two tech entrepreneurs spoke via video link in front of thousands of Twitter employees Thursday.

"If you were running Twitter - by the way do you want to run Twitter?"

Subscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source. He formerly informed CNN that his group is "ready to question everything" concerning how Twitter runs. "What do individuals really need, what are individuals really upset about versus manipulation of the system by varied curiosity teams".

There would, however, be a bit of a wait before the first person could tweet from the Red Planet: "I think the earliest date for the first person is probably five years from now, but I think it's probably not more than nine years from now", Mr Musk said. That number is growing, and Dorsey has spoken for some time of the firm's attempts to promote "healthier" conversations online - reducing abuse, misinformation, and fake users.

It's possible at least one of the groups Musk had in mind was "TSLAQ", a loose collective of critics, skeptics and short sellers who often tweet using the hashtag combining Tesla's ticker symbol with the -Q that is added when listed companies go bankrupt.

Mr Musk is well known for his tweets and recently won a defamation case after he described a British man as a "pedo guy". Unsworth filed a defamation suit and Musk is now facing the trial.

In another scandal prompted by his fondness for the platform, Mr Musk was sued after tweeting about plans to take Tesla private in a record $72bn (£56bn) transaction. His tweets landed Musk in warm water with the Securities and also Exchange Commission, in addition to with capitalists. In September, a settlement was reached . Musk agreed to have his Tesla-related tweets preapproved, step down as Tesla chairman for three years, and pay the SEC $US20 million.

Musk's suggestion of tackling bots then seems like a good way to start the process of addressing Twitter's problems.

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