Commercial and government users might be charged a “slight” fee by Twitter, Elon Musk said on Tuesday, as part of the billionaire entrepreneur’s push to grow revenue that has lagged behind larger rivals like Meta Platforms’ Facebook.
“Twitter will always be free for casual users, but maybe a slight cost for commercial/government users,” Musk said in a tweet. “Some revenue is better than none!” he added in another tweet.
Last week, Reuters reported that Musk told banks he would develop new ways to monetize tweets and crackdown on pay to slash executive costs at the social media platform company.
Musk also told the banks he planned to develop features to grow business revenue, including new ways to make money out of tweets that contain important information or go viral, sources told Reuters.
At the annual Met Gala in New York on Monday, Musk said the reach of Twitter was currently only “niche,” and he wants a much bigger percentage of the country to be on it.
Musk, also the chief executive officer of top electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc., has been suggesting a raft of changes to Twitter since last month.
In tweets that were deleted, Musk suggested changes to the Twitter Blue premium subscription service, including slashing its price, banning advertising and giving an option to pay in the cryptocurrency dogecoin.
After inking the deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion last week, Musk said he wanted to enhance the platform with new features, make the open source algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots and authenticate all users.