Elon Musk hints at the potential for longer videos and tweets on Twitter

  • After taking over Twitter, Elon Musk said he was open to allowing longer videos and tweets on the platform.
  • Twitter currently allows videos up to 140 seconds and tweets up to 280 characters.
  • Musk hints at several changes that may come under his ownership, including a content moderation board.

Twitter users have long wanted a larger character count and the ability to post longer videos with their tweets, and Elon Musk, the platform’s newly appointed chief executive, says they might get it.

In a tweet late Saturday, the billionaire and self-proclaimed “Chief Twit” said he was open to letting people post longer videos and tweets.

“Can we get rid of the character limit, or at least extend it a lot? One of the really best things about WeChat than Twitter. It would be better for public discussion than short fuses, no?” a Twitter user asked.

In turn, Musk he answered“Absolutely.”

Twitter currently limits tweets to 280 characters.

But it’s not just tweets. Musk also hinted that he would consider expanding the length of videos that users can post on Twitter.

“Any chance to increase the allowed video length so we can post longer videos? I have parodies I’d like to post,” another Twitter user asked in a separate exchange.

Musk responded with the “100” emoji.

Currently, videos on Twitter are limited to two minutes and 20 seconds.

Musk previously also suggested several other changes to the platform. In March, he polled his followers on whether or not they supported making Twitter’s algorithm open source.

“I worry that the de facto bias in the ‘Twitter algorithm’ is having a large effect on public debate.” Musk wrote on Twitter. “How do we know what’s really going on?”

It has also long been a supporter of an edit button. Earlier this year, Twitter began testing allowing users to edit their tweets, but Musk may try to speed up the rollout of such a feature.

Musk has expressed additional interest in revamping Twitter Blue, a $5 monthly subscription that gives members access to exclusive features. He said members would be required to receive “an authentication token”, not to be confused with the “verified” token that public figures receive, and would have to pay for a year in advance, but at a discounted rate of $2 a month .

Earlier this week, he tweeted that the company would form a “content coordination board with widely divergent views.” He has yet to make any changes to the company’s existing content-policing policies, he noted.

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