Media people have bombarded us with complaints about Musk’s promise that all political discourse would be removed. They also promised that hatred would spread and that moderation would be lost. This will have an effect on today’s election. Our democracy was also at stake. We were given information about the departures from the site of advertisers.
This hyperbole is merely the whining of people who fear an open market for ideas will threaten their position. Internal documents show that user activity has increased substantially since Elon Musk’s acquisition.
It seems almost like people want an open and free forum for ideas without the oppressive sword of censorship.
According to The Verge, Twitter’s daily user growth hit “all-time highs” during Elon Musk’s first week as its owner. The document was obtained from The Verge and shows that Twitter’s monetizable daily users (mDAUs), have increased to over 20% since Musk’s takeover. “Twitter’s largest market, the US, is growing even faster,” according to an internal FAQ shared with Twitter’s sales staff Monday. The FAQ states that Twitter has seen its monetizable daily users (mDAUs) increase by more than 15,000,000 since the end of the second quarter. It has also “crossed over the quarter billion mark” in that time.
Although this data is internal and should be treated with caution it is still the official numbers they presented to advertisers. These data points need to be verified at some point. Twitter appears to be in decline from the very beginning. Although the complaints were loud, they weren’t significant. It almost seems like the site is driving national narratives, but only a small fraction of the country actually uses it.
It is evident that users are growing in number at the moment. This indicates that people are moving away from old practices of controlling narratives and restricting expression. This contrasts with the negative tone that journalists have used to voice their dismay at the loss of freedom of speech.
It is now clear that most dire predictions and reports are rooted in a common reality: Media types losing their influence. The possibility of blue-check verification becoming an upgrade all point towards the same thing: Journalists with an exaggerated sense of worth are at risk.
This narrative has one problem. People seem to vote according to their clicks.
Public discourse feels like it is the property of the media, while social media platforms feel more like theirs. The journalism complex hates freedom of expression.