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Elon Musk Says X Will Offer Video and Audio Calls in Move Toward Super-App

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The billionaire tweeted on Thursday, August 31, 2023 that the new additions will work on iOS, Android, Mac and PC and will not require phone numbers to function.

He boasted that the X app will function as “the effective global address book” when the features launch.

“That set of factors is unique,” the 52-year-old posted on the app.

Musk did not provide a timeline for the launch of the features but it will put X in direct competition with other audio/video call apps like WhatsApp and FaceTime.

Thursday’s revelation also follows closely after the billionaire’s announcement that the platform will change how news links appear to users.

Since he acquired the popular social media app for $44 billion late in 2022, the SpaceX founder has pushed a raft of changes, including the rebranding from Twitter to X.

After stepping down from his initial role of CEO for Linda Yaccarino in May, Musk has remained heavily involved in the company’s running as the chief technology officer. His goal is to create a super app that provides a range of services to its hundreds of million of users.

Some of Musk’s actions since his takeover have been controversial, especially the restoration of controversial accounts of former US president, Donald Trump, and American rapper, Kanye West, who had previously been banned for violating X’s terms of service.

He also fired around 6,000 X employees to address the company’s “negative cash flow situation.”

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