Elon Musk has been considering whether or not to charge some Twitter users in the weeks since his offer to buy the social media platform for $44 billion.
The tech billionaire noted that the fee would be aimed primarily at government officials and businesses, adding that the more “casual” tweeters would always be able to access the online medium at no cost.
“Ultimately, the downfall of the Freemasons was to give away their stone-cutting services for nothing,” Musk wrote in a post. cheep Tuesday in the afternoon. “Twitter will always be free for casual users, but maybe a little cost for business/government users.”
It’s unclear how much the SpaceX founder would like to charge companies and governments, or whether waivers will be available.
Twitter has already launched a paid subscription service called Twitter Blue in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For $2.99, VIP users can un-tweet and flag content.
Musk has previously expressed his intention to lower the price.
Last week, Twitter revealed that it had agreed to sell Telsa’s CEO at a cost of $54.20 per share, making him the new owner of the platform, pending regulatory approval from shareholders. At the time, Musk said that he hoped to “enhance the product with new features.”
Since then, Musk, 50, who has 90.7 million followers on Twitter, has come up with various ideas to improve the social networking service. He has spoken particularly about censorship and the importance of free speech on the website.
“Freedom of expression is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital public square where issues vital to the future of humanity are debated,” he said last month when promising to make “algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating spam bots and authenticating all humans.”
Musk added that he also committed to removing all spam and bot accounts to ensure a better experience for Twitter users. He has also previously talked about charging media companies to quote or embed tweets, as well as adding an editing feature to the platform.