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Amitha Reji George,Pune

Elon Musk Offers Journalists a Platform that provides freedom to publish their content and earn more. He appealed that journalists can directly publish their content in X,  previously known as Twitter.

“If you’re a journalist who wants more freedom to write and a higher income, then publish directly on this platform,” he posted on X.

In a move to streamline the presentation of news content on X, Musk has initiated changes to the way news articles are displayed. Headlines and textual content within news articles are now omitted, with only a lead image and a web link being visible in news posts. This shift, according to Musk, aims to enhance the visual appeal of news content. While the main image and link offer a succinct overview, users can access the complete article by clicking on the provided image.

This alteration holds the promise of enabling users to see more content on their timelines by reducing the vertical space occupied by posts. While some users have welcomed this change for its efficiency, others have expressed concerns about the absence of textual context prior to clicking on a link. The new format exclusively featuring images and URLs may limit users’ ability to gauge the nature of the content beforehand. Elon Musk is doing this so that it will help reduce clickbait on the X platform. However, after the change in the news article format, users may lose interest in reading text without headings. Actually, the heading is the hook of a news article, which works to entice the user.

Musk already talked about allowing media publishers to charge users to read the article.

Users will be charged on a “per article basis” and will end up paying more if they don’t sign up for a monthly subscription, he said. This approach could incentivize users to opt for a monthly subscription to access multiple articles, potentially leading to increased revenue for both journalists and publishers.

Despite Musk’s commitment to fostering free speech, recent media reports have raised questions about X’s alleged intentional delays in accessing links to competing social media platforms and news websites, such as Bluesky, Facebook, Instagram, and The New York Times.