The chief executive and owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, has now become the most followed person on the social media platform. As of Thursday evening, Musk had accumulated a total of approximately 133.05 million followers, surpassing the former United States President Barack Obama, who has around 133.04 million followers.
The third most-followed account on the platform is Justin Bieber, with 113.31 million followers. Other notable names on the list of Twitter’s most popular accounts include Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rihanna, Donald J. Trump, and Lady Gaga.
Frequency of Posting on Twitter
Musk’s rise to the top spot can be attributed to his frequent activity on the platform, with him tweeting multiple times a day, in contrast to Obama who tweets only several times a week, and Bieber who has not tweeted since December.
It is important to note that Musk’s ascent to the most-followed account comes several months after his company acquires Twitter for $44 billion in October 2022.
Public Outlash Against Elon Musk
Elon Musk, the person who started Tesla and SpaceX, has been receiving a lot of negative comments since he became the CEO of Twitter. This is because he decided to let go of most of the people working there and he also made it more difficult for people to work from home.
He has also been making a lot of changes to the company’s website. Sometimes he makes the changes very quickly, which has confused some of the people who use the website.
Paid Twitter Blue Option
Musk is trying to make more money for the company by promoting Twitter Blue. This is a service you pay for every month, and it allows you to keep a little blue checkmark next to your name. This checkmark means that you are who you say you are, and it helps people trust what you say.
A long time ago, Twitter gave checkmarks to important people like politicians, journalists, and famous people for free. But now, because Musk has made it part of a paid service, some people are upset that they have to pay for it.
Canadian actor, William Shatner said, “I’ve been here for 15 years giving my (clock emoji) & witty thoughts all for bupkis. Now you’re telling me that I have to pay for something you gave me for free?”
Hey @elonmusk what’s this about blue checks going away unless we pay Twitter? I’ve been here for 15 years giving my ⏰ & witty thoughts all for bupkis. Now you’re telling me that I have to pay for something you gave me for free? What is this-the Colombia Records & Tape Club?🙄
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2023
Musk’s Ideology of Equality
Elon Musk, on the other hand, has repeatedly supported his decision to make the verification status a paid service. He believes that famous people and media personalities should not receive special treatment.
According to Musk’s tweet, it is more important to treat everyone equally. The free verification service will end on Saturday (April 1st, 2023), which also happens to be April Fool’s Day.
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