So, Elon – could you tell us how you REALLY feel? By the way, I agree with you!
- Elon Musk criticized The New York Times for publishing boring ‘propaganda’
- The attack comes just as Twitter removed the newspaper’s gold verification
- Musk also called its Twitter feed ‘diarrhea’ because it posts too regularly
Elon Musk has launched yet another attack on The New York Times just as Twitterremoved the publication’s verified check mark.
In multiple tweets he said the publication was guilty of publishing boring ‘propaganda’ and said its feed was like ‘diarrhea’ because it put out too many tweets.
‘The real tragedy of [The New York Times] is that their propaganda isn’t even interesting,’ wrote Musk early on Sunday morning. ‘Also, their feed is the Twitter equivalent of diarrhea. It’s unreadable,’ he added.
It comes after Twitter announced that it would change its policy by removing ‘legacy’ checkmarks historically given to verified public figures and accounts. The Times was among the first casualties lost its checkmark on Sunday.
Last Thursday the publication said it would not pay for a verified badge for its institutional accounts, including @nytimes. It also told all of its journalists that it would not reimburse them for the cost of verifying their personal accounts unless it was crucial for reporting.
Elon Musk has launched yet another attack on The New York Times just as Twitter removed the publication’s verified check mark
The Times’ primary account has 54.9 million followers on Twitter and is the most prominent account thus far to lose its gold institutional verification
The Times’ primary account has 54.9 million followers on Twitter and is the most prominent account thus far to lose its gold institutional verification.
For a business on Twitter to be verified with a gold checkmark it is required to pay $1,000 each month. For individual users the cost is $8 per month.
Musk extended his criticism of how the Times runs its Twitter feed to other publications as well. ‘[The Times] would have far more real followers if they only posted their top articles. Same applies to all publications,’ he said.
He may have been referring to the way in which it posts dozens of times to its Twitter page every day. On Saturday its main account @nytimes put out around 80 tweets in a single day.
The tweets almost always contain links to stories on its website, a widely adopted practice among digital publications to direct traffic onto their sites.
The Washington Post Twitter profile, which retained its gold checkmark as of Sunday morning and has around 20 million followers, posts a very similar volume of tweets.
The Washington Post, which has more than 20 million followers on Twitter, retained its gold checkmark as of Sunday morning
A number of prominent figures have come out since the Twitter announcement to say they would not pay the fee for verification.
Basketballer LeBron James said on Friday he would not pay the $8 fee. He tweeted: ‘Welp guess my blue tick will be gone soon cause if you know me I ain’t paying the five.’
James incorrectly thought it would cost him five dollars but it the price is actually eight – and the feature, which is called ‘Twitter Blue’ is already available for users who are willing to pay for it.
Others, including Chrissy Teigen, Dionne Warwick, and rapper Ice-T also suggested they would not pay for the feature.
Last week Musk surpassed Barack Obama as the most followed Twitter user – with 133.08 million followers compared to Obama’s 133.04 million.
That came after reports that the Twitter CEO ordered company engineers to program the algorithm to ‘boost’ his tweets. Source
One thought on “Musk says the NYTimes’ ‘propaganda isn’t even interesting’ and their Twitter feed is the ‘equivalent of diarrhea’ as he takes a swipe at the Gray Lady after it declined to pay monthly verification fee”
Musk probably said what most of us have been thinking for years. Sometimes things have to be communicated on the lowest level for certain people to finally get the point. I hate to say it but Elon’s statement was well said such as it was. No word salad there.
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