Elon Musk introduces major change to articles posted on X

San Francisco, California - Elon Musk has stripped headlines from news articles shared by users on X, in a move likely to further worsen relations with media groups.

Elon Musk's X no longer displays headlines in links to news articles posted to the platform.
Elon Musk's X no longer displays headlines in links to news articles posted to the platform.  © Collage: Chris Delmas & Mandel NGAN / AFP

The tycoon has long railed against the "legacy media" and claims X, formerly Twitter, is a better source of information.

However, he said the latest change was for "aesthetic" reasons – news and other links now appear only as pictures with no accompanying text.

Musk took over Twitter last year in a $44 billion deal and has since renamed it X, sacked thousands of staff, and drawn criticism for allowing banned conspiracy theorists and extremists back on the platform, sending advertisers fleeing.

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He has also banned – then reinstated – various journalists with mainstream outlets including the Washington Post and CNN, as well as appearing to delay posts from accounts including the New York Times.

Some media groups have stopped posting to X altogether.

Musk continues feud with "legacy news"

"I almost never read legacy news anymore," Musk posted on Tuesday. "What's the point of reading 1,000 words about something that was already posted on X several days ago?"

When the changes to links were first mooted in August, he posted: "This is coming from me directly. Will greatly improve the esthetics."

The most recent changes appear to have been introduced gradually this week. Instead of seeing a headline along with a picture, users now see only a picture with a small watermark.

Some users have already commented that it is now difficult to distinguish between news and other kinds of information, which is likely to raise questions about the trustworthiness of the site.

Cover photo: Collage: Chris Delmas & Mandel NGAN / AFP

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