Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has questioned whether Twitter is becoming less popular.
In a recent tweet, the billionaire shared the “top 10 most followed Twitter accounts” consisting of A-list celebrities and political figures such as former US President Barack Obama, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga.
“Most of these ‘top’ accounts tweet rarely and post very little content,” Musk wrote. It prompted him to ask users, “Is Twitter dying?”
Musk who is one of the most-followed people on the platform tweets almost every day. He ranks 8th on the list and has over 81 million followers. The number is low compared to Justin Bieber, who has more than 114 million followers, and Taylor Swift who has more than 90 million.
But Musk was keen to highlight their lack of recent engagement with the platform. “For example, @taylorswift13 hasn’t posted anything in 3 months,” Musk said. “And @justinbieber only posted once this entire year,” he added.
Twitter shares recently surged almost 25% after Musk revealed he’d bought a big stake in the social platform. The billionaire investor bought 73,486,938 shares of Twitter stock for a 9.2% stake in the company, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing showed.
Last month, however, Musk criticized the platform after he said Twitter had failed to “adhere to free speech principles.” It led him to consider setting up his own social media platform, Musk told users.