After Musk made the announcement, NBC News reporter Ben Collins was quick to point out that Twitter had been testing a text-sharing sharing feature before Musk’s takeover. “He’s taking credit here for a bunch of work that some employees did before he laid them off,” he said. Indeed, at the start of the year Jane Manchun Wong, who’s known for experimental features in apps, discovered evidence Twitter was working on an “Articles” feature for posting longer messages.
On Saturday, Twitter also began putting in place some of the infrastructure needed to support its revamped Twitter Blue subscription. The service will allow users to pay $8 per month to verify their account and gain access to a handful of other features, including the ability to post longer videos and see fewer ads. Musk previously promised Twitter would work on supporting content creators but has yet to share details on how the company plans to do that. Since his takeover of the company, a number of high-profile users have left Twitter, including Nibellion, the owner of one of the most popular gaming news accounts on the platform.
Update 7:25PM ET: Added historical context about Musk’s announcement.
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