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Elon Musk Admits that X May 'Fail' After a Contentious Weekend

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | August 21, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | August 21, 2023 |


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On Friday, Bluesky users knew something was wrong on Twitter when the service started lagging in the middle of the day—as it often does when Elon Musk says or does something that provokes another exodus from the site. I don’t know if this was the worst occurrence, but it was certainly among them: He announced that he’d be removing the ability to block from the service.

Doing so would make the service unusable for a majority of its users. Musk insisted that the block function “makes no sense,” although neither he nor CEO Linda Yaccarino have offered any credible reasoning for the decision; some speculate he’s doing so because so many thousands of users block Elon, whose follower count is already bloated by million of new or inactive users. Given that both the Apple and Google Play App stores reportedly do not allow apps without a block function, I assumed that this would be a non-issue—that Musk would change his mind or say he was just joking.

He did not.

In fact, Elon Musk doubled down, not only insisting upon following through on the threat but also blocking those who disagreed with him, including longtime supporters like James Woods and, uh, catturd.

“Musk, whom I once championed, is only doing this to protect his advertisers anyway,” James Woods tweeted. “Users of X are mere pawns to turn the site into an electronic shopping mall. The man I thought was a defender of free speech is just another greedy capitalist. Disappointing, but not surprising.” Is James Woods anti-capitalist now?

“Delete your account,” Elon Musk replied, before adding, “I’m having a good time blocking people who complain that blocking is going away. How does the medicine taste?”

Removing the block function will be a disaster if Elon Musk follows through on it. Ultimately, however, it may not matter, because Twitter may be on the verge of failure, according to Musk himself, who tweeted as much over the weekend after a glitch removed all pictures and links on posts made before December 2014. It’s unclear whether it was a technical error or an attempt to save money, but there are only so many cost-saving measures that can be taken before the site itself is no longer functional.

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As our custom, we use images of Lee Pace in lieu of Elon Musk for aesthetic reasons, and with apologies to Lee Pace.