Elon Musk makes a stunning reveal about the FIFA World Cup amid the Twitter storm

Twitter owner Elon Musk isn’t worried about the barrage of criticism he’s receiving from disaffected users of the social media platform, who believe the mogul is going to blow it up.

Along with a number of changes taking effect under his oversight, Musk will be charging users $8 per month to maintain a verified blue “tick” status, which previously has always been given out for free.

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There was a belief that Twitter users, angered by Musk’s new regime, would boycott the social media platform out of spite, leading to a worldwide collapse in usage.

According to Musk, it has had the opposite effect, which has regularly touted the “all-time high” numbers Twitter is reportedly experiencing.

On Thursday morning (AEDT), Musk revealed an incredible stat based on FIFA World Cup-related Twitter usage to his 118.5 million followers.

“WM traffic hit almost 20,000 tweets per second today!” he said.

“Great job by the Twitter team in managing record usage.”

Elon Musk is happy with how Twitter is going. Recognition: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Australia lag behind in FIFA chief’s support

Meanwhile, Australia has not declared its unequivocal support for the embattled FIFA president as protests from European nations at the World Cup escalated dramatically.

German players covered their mouths during a pre-match photo on Wednesday in a blunt message to FIFA for silencing the human rights debate at the Qatar Cup.

“It was a sign from the team, from us, that FIFA was muzzled,” said national coach Hansi Flick.

Germany’s Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser, who is also responsible for sport, wore a OneLove armband in the stands while sitting next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino watches Germany play Japan. Recognition: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Fans have been banned from entering Doha stadiums while wearing rainbow colors, signifying support for same-sex relationships, which are illegal in Qatar.

But Faeser wore the armband under a pink blazer, which she took off during the game.

FIFA threatened the captains of seven European nations with yellow cards if they carried out pre-tournament plans to wear OneLove armbands.

The move enraged nations and human rights groups and followed Infantino calling western nations hypocrites for criticizing Qatar.

Denmark vowed on Wednesday not to vote for Infantino if he stands for re-election as FIFA president next year.

But Football Australia chief executive James Johnson resisted a similar stance.

Richie Laryea of ​​Canada battles for possession with Axel Witsel of Belgium. Recognition: Julian Finney/Getty Images

“We’re not in a position to decide that right now, we don’t have to,” Johnson said.

“At this point, I understand that only President Infantino (who) will run. He will be running (unopposed) so I’m not sure there will be a decision.

“But in the event of a contested election, we would ask the candidates what their vision is.”

The Socceroos released a video message last month calling on Qatar to decriminalize same-sex relationships and calling recent workplace reforms in the Middle Eastern nation inconsistent.

Some nations’ governments have boycotted the trophy, but Australia’s Sport Minister Anika Wells has been in talks with the Qatari government since last Sunday.

Craig Goodwin celebrates after scoring his historic goal. Recognition: Clive Mason/Getty Images

“We believe in open dialogue and we believe we have to show up to have it,” Wells said Wednesday.

“So I showed up to take Australia’s place at the table again and have that open dialogue.

“I didn’t have to explain the Socceroos video to the Qatari government, it was obviously broadcast around the world.”

Wells said Qatar’s government wants broader recognition of recent reform advances in the staunchly Islamic nation.

“On behalf of the Australian Government, I have made it clear… we recognize the progress that has been made,” she said.

“There’s more work to be done, but I really feel like we’ve had a constructive, open discussion about it… I’ve been quite surprised at how humble, honest, and constructive they’ve been about it.

The Socceroos celebrate their goal before going down 4-1 to France. Recognition: Clive Mason/Getty Images

“I conveyed to them what was made very clear to me in Australia, which is that Australians want to see more done… I put that in the broader context, that’s the case for all of us, we could all do more to advance human rights.

“And that this global test next July (when) we host the Women’s World Cup will be on us.”

Australia midfielder Jackson Irvine, featured in the Socceroos video, hoped hosting the Women’s World Cup would prompt a human rights review in his country.

“People are talking about the hypocrisy of these issues (in Qatar) but not the ones happening at home,” Irvine said.

“I hope this is something that we will continue to explore in the future as part of our growth as a team and as individuals. That is something to focus on going forward.”

With AAP

Protests against FIFA and host country Qatar continue at the World Cup

Protests against FIFA and host country Qatar continue at the World Cup

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