Still focused on his seemingly endless war against bot and spam accounts, Elon Musk is now vowing to remove another 1.5 million accounts from Twitter in an effort to free up space.
In a series of tweets, Musk said the accounts targeted be removed will be users who haven’t logged into Twitter in years and don’t have any Tweets of their own.
He then told his followers that Twitter would soon roll out a new update that would provide information on why accounts were being “shadowed”.
Twitter is working on a software update that will show your real account status, so you’ll know clearly if you’ve been shadow banned, why, and how to appeal
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
Musk also told users (much to the excitement of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey) that Twitter would start showing view counts on tweets in general, not just videos.
“Twitter is much more alive than people think,” Musk said wroteprompting a response from Dorsey saying view count was a “much better metric” for creating transparency about shadow banning.
Musk’s strong moves toward more transparency on the platform are coming according to the release of the “Twitter Files”, which revealed that content moderators and other people in positions of power at Twitter were making decisions about and suspending certain content without Dorsey’s knowledge or consent.
Musk has long been a proponent of free speech on Twitter since his early days of takeover, often likening his vision for the platform to a “digital city square” where thoughts can be freely shared.