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Ripple CTO Sparks Heated Debate as He Reflects on Elon Musk's X Revolution

Wed, 08/16/2023 - 10:20
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Gamza Khanzadaev
David Schwartz sparks controversy with his opinion on Elon Musk's X ad revenue sharing program
Ripple CTO Sparks Heated Debate as He Reflects on Elon Musk's X Revolution
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Since Elon Musk's introduction of content monetization at X just over a month ago, the platform has witnessed a seismic shift in the behavior of content creators.

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David Schwartz, the brain behind XRP Ledger and presently the CTO at Ripple, shared his insights into the paradigm shift. He pointed out that X's novel revenue-sharing model has had a profound impact on the content landscape, prompting influential bloggers to invest greater effort into fostering engagement, driven by the allure of financial gain.

This phenomenon has, however, provoked a question: Is this economic incentive elevating the content quality or inadvertently leading to its degradation?

Schwartz, adopting a reflective stance, employed a tactful approach to his commentary. Rather than presenting his views explicitly, he posed thought-provoking questions that stimulated interaction, thereby contributing to the ongoing narrative.

Addressing a follower's lament about the influx of subpar content, Schwartz ventured that the push for engagement could theoretically enhance X's overall appeal, yet cautioned against the propagation of contentious content at the expense of enlightening discourse.

Adding to the discourse, Neil Hartner, software engineer at Ripple, voiced his sentiment. He drew a parallel between X and TikTok, asserting that the recent transformation could potentially steer the platform toward a similar trajectory, but with a less effective content recommendation algorithm.

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Despite the controversy, optimism persists among proponents of the change. Advocates contend that while short-term content quality may experience a dip, the prospect of long-term monetization offers a promising outlook for positive evolution on the social network.

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Financial analyst, trader and crypto enthusiast.

Gamza graduated with a degree in finance and credit with a specialization in securities and financial derivatives. He then also completed a master's program in banking and asset management.

He wants to have a hand in covering economic and fintech topics, as well as educate more people about cryptocurrencies and blockchain.