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Elon Musk says Twitter to change logo, charge for DMs

Non-verified users will have a limit on how many DMs they can send
Photos via Twitter @elonmusk
Photos via Twitter @elonmusk

Elon Musk said he was looking to change Twitter’s logo, tweeting: “And soon we shall bid adieu to the twitter brand and, gradually, all the birds.

In a tweet at 12:06 a.m. ET (0406 GMT) on Sunday, the social media platform’s billionaire owner added: “If a good enough X logo is posted tonight, we’ll make go live worldwide tomorrow.”

Musk posted an image of a flickering “X” but did not give further details. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Under Musk’s tumultuous tenure since buying Twitter in October, the company changed its business name to X Corp, reflecting the billionaire’s vision to create a “super app,” like China’s WeChat.

Twitter’s website says its logo, depicting a blue bird, is “our most recognizable asset,” adding “That’s why we’re so protective of it.”

The bird was temporarily replaced in April by Dogecoin’s Shiba Inu dog, which ended up helping add as much as $4 billion to the meme coin’s market value.

Twitter’s most recent complication was a lawsuit being filed on Tuesday claiming the firm owes at least $500 million in severance pay to former employees.

Musk’s company has laid off more than half its workforce to cut costs since he bought the company.

Limited DMs for non-verified users

Twitter has also announced changes to its policy for direct messages. Users without the blue tick will not be able to send unlimited messages starting July 22.

The move is another one of Musk’s measures to try to get more people to subscribe to his Twitter Blue service that enables more features on the social network.

However, Twitter has not yet added what the limit of DMS will be for the non-verified users.

Twitter said that it started testing out the feature in June 2023 and found that it reduced spam rate by almost 70%.

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