Elon Musk, the owner of “X” or what was formerly known as Twitter, announced in a tweet that the social media platform will only have a dark mode as he believed it was “better in every way.”
This platform will soon only have “dark mode”. It is better in every way.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 27, 2023
However, several users opposed the feature, explaining their preference for the app’s existing light mode.
This is the line I swear to god if they remove light mode— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) July 27, 2023
Dark mode literally hurts my eyes. Light mode does not. I can not stand dark mode. https://t.co/rBLCvPXHj2
“To all the people saying ‘oh dark mode is better anyways,’ some people literally need light mode for accessibility reasons. Removing this feature is literally ableist,” another user wrote.
This led the multibillionaire to revoke his decision early this morning.
“A lot of people have asked to keep light mode, so we will, but the default will be dark, and dim will be deleted,” Musk explained.
The latest developments come as part of the platform’s gradual rebranding into a “global town square,” as per its CEO, Linda Yaccarino.
Last Thursday, the Musk-owned platform started rolling out the new “X” logo and interface for its Android app and the Google Play Store.
The company also wiped the platform’s old iconic bird symbol from its desktop version completely.
While the company is working to transform the platform, experts say its transition into “X” may bring about several legal challenges as various companies own intellectual rights to the use of the letter.