Elon Musk has cut Twitter's staff from 8,000 to 1,500. This is an operation that the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX defined as painful in an interview granted to the BBC.
Musk confessed that taking over the social network was necessary, but that managing it is quite painful and it's like being on a roller coaster.
Musk, in the interview granted with just 20 minutes notice to the BBC journalist at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, said he was working to contain the misinformation but denied that hate messages on social media had increased under his management.
Musk stressed that he aspires to make Twitter a transparent and honest medium, but that he still has to work on it.
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The new CEO said he wants to pay less for Twitter after discovering that there are many automated social bots at work on the net.
He stated that several of the councilors who had left with his arrival have since returned. And he also said that right now, he wouldn't give Twitter to someone willing to offer him an amount equal to the $44 billion he paid to buy it a year ago.
The South African-born businessman, currently the richest man on the planet, said that advertising on Twitter has increased under him and added that the company's balance sheet is more or less even.
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This is a claim the BBC said it could not independently verify. Musk, writes the BBC, threw some jokes here and there in the interview, also saying that now the new CEO of Twitter is his dog, Floki. Musk said he often sleeps in the office and, speaking of his controversial tweets, he admitted I don't think I should tweet after 3 in the morning anymore.
Finally, pressed by the interviewer, Musk promised that the BBC tag on Twitter, which now appears as a government funding medium, will become public funding.
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