Elon Musk says news organizations should only tweet 10 stories a day, after he tweeted more than 100 times over the weekend

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Elon Musk says news organizations should only tweet 10 stories a day, after he tweeted more than 100 times over the weekend
Elon Musk and the New York Times' office.Gotham/Getty Images; Lindsey Nicholson/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
  • Elon Musk said on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that news organizations should limit tweets.
  • The interview was done after Musk stripped The New York Times of its blue tick on Twitter.
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Elon Musk said news organizations should limit their tweets to 10 stories a day during an interview on Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," which aired on Monday but was recorded earlier this month.

During the interview, Musk discussed his decision to remove The New York Times' blue tick on Twitter. Carlson asked Musk about a tweet at the time in which he described the Times' feed as "the Twitter equivalent of diarrhea."

Musk told Carlson that this is because The Times "tweet every single article, even the ones that are boring, even ones that don't make it into the paper."

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"If you were to follow @NYTimes on Twitter, you're going to get barraged with like, hundreds of tweets a day, and your whole feed will be filled with NY Times," he added. "What are the big stories of the day? Put out like 10 or something – some number that's manageable."

According to the social-media tracker Socialblade, the newspaper tweeted an average of 110 times a day over the last two weeks.

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But over the weekend, it only tweeted 92 times – compared to Musk's 102.

The billionaire's posts included updates on Twitter and SpaceX, as well as several short replies and two memes.

"I was the most interacted-with account on the whole system before the acquisition, and so I clearly know something about how to use Twitter," Musk told Carlson, referring to the period before he acquired Twitter in October.

Last month, Musk overtook Barack Obama to become the most-followed account on Twitter, five months after buying the company.

According to a Platformer report from March, Musk's account is one of 35 "VIPs" whose tweets are secretly prioritized by Twitter. NBA star Lebron James, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, and US politician Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are among the others.

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The VIP users' tweets reportedly bypass a Twitter algorithm that prevents too many posts from a particular user from being viewed.

Musk previously denied another report from Platformer that he ordered staff to boost his tweets in February. One Twitter engineer was reportedly fired after telling Musk that his popularity was falling in response to his questions about why his view count had dropped on Twitter.

Some users have previously complained about seeing too much of Musk in their feeds – which he blamed on a bug. Others are willing to pay $4 a month for a subscription service that allows them to ask him anything.

Musk is known for his erratic late-night tweeting style. In an interview with the BBC this month he said he thinks he should stop tweeting after 3 a.m. "Have I shot myself in the foot with tweets multiple times? Yes," he said.

Insider contacted Twitter for comment. The company responded with an automated message that didn't address the inquiry.

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