Musk kind of explained his decision in this week’s response by claiming that Substack was “trying to download a massive chunk of Twitter’s database to run their copy of Twitter” which is pretty funny – just imagine starting any sort of Twitter competitor and its inhabitants With Twitter trash – Also a claim that is too big to be made without any evidence.
Anyway, Substack CEO Chris Best hit back at Elon with a post on Substack Notes of course. The feature is in beta so no hard link yet, but he sent it to us and we’re posting a screenshot so people can refer back to it.
Best says Substack has used the Twitter API for years and believes it is in compliance with its terms of service; The implication is that Twitter never told the company of any alleged infringement. And of course, Best says the whole situation is “very frustrating,” noting the fact that Substack writers are actually Client From his enterprise software producer; Substack link tampering has a greater impact on individual small business owners than it does on a platform company.
It’s worth noting here that Andreesen Horowitz is an investor in both Substack and neo-Twitter, so that’s pretty cool. And if you’re reading this, you can probably respond to “freedom of speech,” “Twitter,” and “Elon Musk” in any way that makes for a perfect Saturday night. I trust you. Saab party.
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