In a surprise interview with the BBC, Elon Musk spoke candidly about his experience as the owner of Twitter. Musk revealed that he only bought the social media platform because he felt he had to and that running the company has been “quite painful” and “a rollercoaster”.
The billionaire also addressed the mass layoffs at Twitter, stating that the company has reduced its staff from an initial 8,000 to just 1,500. He acknowledged the criticism aimed at him for some of his controversial tweets, admitting that he should not tweet after 3am.
Musk also discussed the recent controversy over a tag describing the BBC as “government funded media” on Twitter. He confirmed that the tag will be updated, reflecting the broadcaster’s objections to the label. Finally, he disputed the idea that hate speech is more common on Twitter, arguing that the platform is no different from other social media sites in this regard.
Overall, the interview offers a rare insight into Musk’s thoughts on Twitter, a platform he has often used to communicate with his millions of followers. Despite the challenges he faces in running the company, Musk remains a prominent figure in the world of tech, with his interests ranging from electric cars to space exploration.