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Elon Musk Jokingly Suggests New Name For Twitter

Elon Musk Jokingly Suggests New Name For Twitter

Musk is now the largest single shareholder in Twitter, and he's lobbying for some serious changes

Elon Musk has proposed a simple change to Twitter's name.

Musk is pretty much the king of the world right now: he's the CEO of the most recognised electric car firm; he founded SpaceX and remains at the forefront of a new era of space exploration; and he's the richest man in the world by an eye-watering margin.

His staunchest followers see him as some sort of meme tsar, so it's only fitting that he's added another Infinity Stone to his gauntlet: the largest single shareholder stake in Twitter.

In a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it was revealed the Tesla boss now holds a 'passive' stake in the social media giant; more precisely, he owns 9.2 percent.

While some believe he may have broken the law, Musk has already been hard at work canvassing potential changes to the social network.

For example, he's already polled on whether users would like to see the addition of an 'edit' function, receiving an overwhelming yes with more than 73 percent of the vote.

While it's not quite Sean Parker advising Mark Zuckerberg to drop the 'The' from Facebook's original name, Musk has put forward a very serious suggestion.

In his most recent poll, he asked users: "Delete the w in twitter?" The only two answers to choose from are 'Yes' and 'Of course', and so far, there's nearly 500,000 in favour of Titter.

On a more serious note, he's also proposed a shakeup to Twitter Blue, the platform's first subscription service which offers 'exclusive access to premium features' on a monthly subscription basis.

Musk wrote: "Everyone who signs up for Twitter Blue (ie pays $3/month) should get an authentication checkmark.

"Blue already has a modifiable 20 second time to edit tweet feature... and no ads. The power of corporations to dictate policy is greatly enhanced if Twitter depends on advertising money to survive."

In another poll, he asked: "Convert Twitter SF HQ to homeless shelter since no one shows up anyway," which has received nearly one million votes, more than 91 percent of which are in favour.

Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco.

This comes after Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who took over from Jack Dorsey in November last year, announced office re-openings in March, but also offered employees the option to work remotely 'forever'.

In a statement, he said: "Now we are returning to a stage where you’re living your lives, adjusting to local health guidelines, and deciding what works best for you.  

"So, the decisions about where you work, whether you feel safe travelling for business, and what events you attend, should be yours."

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Topics: Elon Musk, Twitter, Social Media, Technology