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Elon Musk’s X to remove headlines from news articles


Every single morning Elon Musk wakes up to disrupt the peace and quiet of the world because as Alfred said, “some men just want to watch the world burn”. And Musk is working up to it.

A new report by Fortune claims that X, formerly known as Twitter, is testing to remove headlines from articles shared on the social media website. Once this feature is implemented, posts would only include the lead image and the URL. So far it seems the user, who is posting the link, will still be able to add their own text.

Everything else will still work the same. The image in the post would still serve as a link to the article.

However, currently, there’s no word on when this feature will be rolled out or if it will be rolled out at all.

The author of the Fortune article, Kylie Robison, said that Musk wants to eliminate any text below the image because he thinks articles take up too much space.

According to Robison, the article would just be a clickable image without any headline, context, or description. The only description will be the text that the users add to the post.

It is speculated that the change is being brought to reduce the height of individual posts so that timelines can display more content. It is also being said that Musk believes the change will help curb clickbait.

If it is implemented, it would be another move under Musk that would make little to no sense. On Sunday, it was reported that X is removing photos and links that were tweeted before December 2014.

However, later it turned out that the social media website was suffering from a bug, which was later fixed.

“Over the weekend we had a bug that prevented us from displaying images from before 2014. No images or data were lost. We fixed the bug, and the issue will be fully resolved in the coming days,” the company posted from its @Support account.

Another decision by Musk will take away users’ ability to block anyone on X, a move that is being heavily criticized.

The block feature allows a user to restrict another user from seeing their posts, contacting them, or following them.

But there’s a small relief, users will still be able to block any specific accounts from sending them Direct Messages (DM).