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Elon Musk’s Backing Suggests Twitter Requirements Ads to Keep Aloft

Billionaire Elon Musk has spoken out against Twitter’s written content-moderation practices.



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Wall Street has very long regarded that it is far better to enjoy with other people’s revenue. But in the situation of

Elon Musk,

other people’s dollars may perhaps restrict just how a lot enjoying he can do with

Twitter.

TWTR 5.66%

The marketing campaign by the World’s Richest Man or woman on paper to get about the social network has established to be a achievements. Twitter introduced Monday afternoon that a offer has been attained, at the value of $54.20 for every share in cash that was Mr. Musk’s original present from April 14. Twitter’s board was reportedly compelled to give the bid a fresh new look immediately after Mr. Musk filed papers late previous 7 days reporting $46.5 billion in money backing for the bid.

However unclear is what in the end would turn out to be of Twitter less than Mr. Musk’s possession. The accepted bid places a $5 billion-a-calendar year advertising small business into the fingers of anyone who has publicly questioned Twitter’s advertising organization design and whose existing company—

Tesla

—buys no marketing. The self-described “free speech absolutist” has also spoken out from Twitter’s articles-moderation practices, which are developed to preserve poisonous information off the social community and make it safer for advertisers.

Brian Wieser,

international president of organization intelligence at advertisement-obtaining giant GroupM, claims most advertisers who function with Twitter “strongly like content standards” on the support.

That may not make any difference a good deal to Mr. Musk, who claimed of his possess Twitter marketing campaign that it “is not a way to make money” in an onstage job interview at the Ted meeting, on the very same working day of the filing describing his fiscal assist. But extra than half of that backing will come in the form of credit card debt, from

Morgan Stanley

and “certain other money institutions,” according to the submitting. That implies Mr. Musk will want to maintain Twitter’s income flow—and ideally increase it—to provider the debt. Some of that personal debt is in the type of margin loans backed by Mr. Musk’s Tesla shares.

Carrying out that with out marketing would be complicated. Ads account for almost 90% of Twitter’s income now, although knowledge licensing supplies most of the rest. The business introduced Twitter

Blue

—its first client subscription offering—last 12 months, rolling it out to the U.S. industry in November. Chief Government

Parag Agrawal

mentioned on Twitter’s previous earnings phone in February that the enterprise has viewed a “strong response” from “our most significant users” for the assistance. But he extra that Blue is “not critical” to achieving $7.5 billion of income in 2023, a focus on set at an analyst assembly in early 2021.

Mr. Musk will likely have his very own ambitions in brain, and a privately held Twitter would be accountable only to him for achieving them. But given that Mr. Musk has elected not to pay out for Twitter fully out of his have pocket, he’ll have to be accountable to other folks as effectively.

Elon Musk struck a deal on Monday to get Twitter for about $44 billion, transferring the world’s richest man a phase nearer to using management of the social-media platform. Image: Ryan Lash/TED Conferences, LLC/AFP by means of Getty Pictures

Produce to Dan Gallagher at dan.gallagher@wsj.com

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Appeared in the April 26, 2022, print edition as ‘Twitter Will have to Have Adverts to Stay Aloft.’