I barely use it as is. (I literally have no timeline.) I don’t see that changing. If I used it more, it would impact me a lot, though. There are tons of people, some high profile, who leave because of the harassment, and that’s why it was clearly in Twitter’s best interest to get rid of it.
It is exactly the celebrity aspect that is the most affected, as they are the prominent people who tend to leave. They don’t need Twitter to make them more popular. Twitter needs them to seem like the official social network to interact with celebrities.
And they definitely don’t need to become the one place that replatforms those who are caught engaging in said harassment or, worse, spreading false information to try and cause harm and undermine the government of the US. Part of the reason Twitter does what it does about this is that they see the writing on the wall. The other half is simply that the majority of its users support these actions.
It’s also suspicious looking that, at the time when all of the corruption is being revealed, someone comes in and needs to buy a publicly traded company at what would be a loss. I very much suspect that Musk will be caught up in this investigation now, and there is no way that Musk doesn’t have skeletons in his closet being as rich as he is, plus his other psychopathic behaviors.
What matters from a business perspective is growth, and being the anti-woke company that Musk seems to want Twitter to be is only a detriment to that growth. There really weren’t a lot of people who were so mad at Twitter for banning their right-wing celebrity that they left.
He can get up view counts artificially, by allowing the trolls and fake accounts back in, but those don’t translate to increased financial support. And they very much do degrade the product.
I said that my usage won’t change much. But it really doesn’t take much when multiplied by as many users as Twitter has.
This was an utterly stupid decision, taken by people who are more interested with a short term cashout. The only way this doesn’t harm Twitter is if he reneges on his previous claims.
If re-platforming Trump and the COVID-deniers was profitable, other companies would have done it. Same for trolls, bigots, and harassers.