Billionaire businessman Elon Musk said on Wednesday, 4 May, that while Twitter would always be free for casual users, it may charge a small fee for commercial and government users.
"Twitter will always be free for casual users, but maybe a slight cost for commercial/government users," Musk said in a late night tweet on Wednesday.
Several people took to Twitter to slam his decision.
The Tesla CEO has also spoken about several changes he wants to bring to Twitter, like adding new features, making algorithms open source to increase trust, authenticating all human beings and defeating spam bots.
At the Met Gala held in New York on Monday, Musk had said that he aimed to make the social media giant transparent with regard to how tweets are promoted or demoted. He also said that he wanted Twitter's software to be publicly available for analysis and critique, as per Reuters.
Musk had stuck a deal to fully acquire Twitter for $44 billion last month, and pledged to take it into the private sphere.
(With inputs from Reuters.)