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Musk admits ‘Mistakes’ since acquiring Twitter

Twitter boss Elon Musk said running the social media network has been “quite a rollercoaster” and acknowledged many mistakes along the way.

In a live interview with the BBC, Musk appeared to tacitly acknowledge that one of those errors was the decision to label the broadcaster’s account “government-funded media”.

He said he would change the designation on the BBC’s Twitter handle after the broadcaster objected.

Speaking with the BBC late on Tuesday, he also addressed Twitter’s controversial move to strip the New York Times of its blue verified check mark after the company refused to pay to keep it.

From April 20, any legacy verified accounts on Twitter which were verified as authentic under the company’s old ownership will have to pay to subscribe to Twitter Blue.

One of the reasons for this, Musk said, was that he does not want Twitter to boost “some anointed class of journalists” who determine what constitutes news.

AFP/Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare