Elon Musk wants to charge for tweet embeds

Should it be finalized, it might make some changes to how tweed integrations work on third-party websites and services. Musk floated the idea of ​​charging users for embedding or quoting tweets from verified accounts, according to but that wouldn’t stop anyone from just capturing a tweet and using it instead.

Even before the Twitter board, there was . The company changed some JavaScript, which resulted in the text of deleted tweets disappearing from the sites they were embedded on. A senior Twitter product manager said the change was made to “better respect when people have chosen to delete their tweets.” However, after a backlash from open web and preservation advocates, .

Musk reportedly floated the idea of ​​charging for integrations while trying to secure debt to fund his $44 billion buyout. He secured $13 billion in loans against Twitter and a $12.5 billion margin loan tied to his Tesla stock (which he sold this week for $8.5 billion).

Additionally, Musk mentioned other ways to improve Twitter’s results, but hasn’t made any firm commitments on those yet. He suggested making changes to the service to make it more attractive to potential subscribers. In talks with banks, Musk reportedly raised the possibility of job cuts, but he is not expected to make any firm decisions on that until he takes the company private. Additionally, Musk has publicly considered getting rid of director salaries, which would save the company about $3 million a year.

Twitter’s potential new owner is also reportedly planning to replace CEO Parag Agrawal, who . Agrawal is expected to remain in charge until the sale to Musk is completed. According to Reuters, Musk told Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor that he had no confidence in the company’s management. However, many details about what Musk’s takeover will mean for the company will be unclear for some time.

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