Individuals, governments, and businesses may now use Twitter for free, but new owner Elon Musk has suggested this may change. Musk allegedly offered banks his ideas on how the social networking site might earn more money while seeking finance for his $44 billion acquisition. On Tuesday, he also hinted that specific organizations might have to pay to use Twitter.
“In the end, the Freemasons’ demise was giving away their stonecutting talents for free,” he wrote. “Twitter will always be free for casual users, but commercial/government users may incur a small fee.”
The Freemasons are one of the world’s oldest fraternal organizations, with roots in stonemason guilds.
Musk’s bid to purchase Twitter for $54.20 per share was approved by Twitter last week, but the deal still needs shareholder and regulatory clearance. Musk frequently tweets his suggestions for improving the site to his almost 91 million followers and then deletes them.
A request for comment from Twitter was not immediately returned.