Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that business and government Twitter users may have to pay a small fee to continue using the microblogging platform.
In a tweet, the soon-to-be Twitter CEO revealed what users can expect in the future.
“Twitter will always be free for casual users, but maybe a slight cost for commercial/government users,” he posted.
“Ultimately, the downfall of the Freemasons was giving away their stone cutting services for nothing,” Musk added.
Twitter will always be free for casual users, but maybe a slight cost for commercial/government users
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 3, 2022
Musk had said that he wishes to “make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features“.
“Some revenue is better than none,” Musk further said.
Musk stated earlier this week at the annual Met Gala in New York that he would make Twitter transparent about how tweets are promoted or demoted.
Musk has long advocated for free speech on the platform, which has caused concern among many users who fear the site will be left unregulated.
The billionaire previously stated that Twitter must remain politically neutral in order to maintain public trust.
“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” said Musk.
“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it,” he had said.