Elon Musk’s platform, formerly known as Twitter but now referred to as the X platform, encountered a temporary hiccup in accessing external links to content from reputable websites such as Reuters and the New York Times, along with links to social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram. This transient issue caused a brief delay of around 5 seconds, as confirmed by tests conducted by the Washington Post. However, the problem was swiftly addressed by the afternoon of the same day, and the X platform effectively eliminated the delay.
Elon Musk, who took over Twitter in October, has previously expressed his dissatisfaction with news organizations and journalists who have presented unfavorable coverage of his various ventures, notably Tesla and SpaceX.
A user on the tech forum Hacker News shared a noteworthy observation earlier on the same Tuesday, indicating that X had started to introduce delays for links associated with the New York Times since August 4th. On that specific day, Musk openly criticized the publication’s depiction of events in South Africa and even accused it of endorsing calls for genocide.
In a separate update, X recently implemented changes to its Ads Revenue program for content creators. This overhaul includes a reduction in the minimum number of impressions required for participation, lowering the threshold from 15 million to 5 million. The official X platform Twitter account confirmed these adjustments, stating that a broader range of individuals can now earn income through their postings.
Furthermore, the eligibility criteria for ads revenue sharing underwent a revision, accompanied by a reduction in the minimum payout threshold from $50 to $10. These modifications are geared towards fostering inclusivity, allowing a larger pool of creators to partake in the program, and streamlining the process of earning revenue from their content on the platform.