Elon Musk Denies Having Signed A Deal With Tucker Carlson…. While Announcing Encrypted DM’s And More

The fun with Twitter continues. Let’s start with Tucker Carlson. News filtered out via the disgraced Fox News host that he was going to host a show on Twitter:

Besides the fact that Carlson is likely to into a fight with his ex-employer over this move, he references the kind of free speech that Elon Musk loves to talk about. Which brings me to the Elon connection. He took to Twitter to distance himself from Carlson:

In short Elon said the following:

“I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever. Tucker is subject to the same rules & rewards of all content creators. Rewards means subscriptions and advertising revenue share (still working on software needed for latter), which is a function of how many people subscribe and the advertising views associated with his content. I hope that many others, particularly from the left, also choose to be content creators on this platform. “

You have to wonder why Elon put that out there. After all if Carlson came to Twitter, that would bring a lot of eyeballs to the platform which I am sure that Elon needs right now. My guess is that Elon does not want to tie himself directly to this because Carlson is like Kryptonite to advertisers who only returned to advertising in his old time slot after Fox showed him the door. And Elon needs advertisers to keep the lights on at Twitter. Though the flip side to this is that if Carlson signs up for Elon’s content creator program, Elon will get a cut of the revenue while maintaining a stance that he hasn’t cut any sort of special deal with Carlson.

The other thing that Elon did was announce this:

Here’s the Tweet in full:

“With latest version of app, you can DM reply to any message in the thread (not just most recent) and use any emoji reaction. Release of encrypted DMs V1.0 should happen tomorrow. This will grow in sophistication rapidly. The acid test is that I could not see your DMs even if there was a gun to my head. Coming soon will be voice and video chat from your handle to anyone on this platform, so you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number.”

While Elon did say that encrypted DM’s were coming, the voice and video chat thing is new. I wonder if that’s why he was trashing WhatsApp yesterday? Seeing how he operates, that’s a distinct possibility. Let’s see if he keeps the attacks against WhatsApp going.

Fun times.

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