No, X (FKA Twitter) light mode is not going away, confirms Elon Musk

X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has undergone a major rebranding since Elon Musk took over as its CEO in 2022.

The most noticeable change is the replacement of the iconic blue bird logo with a simple X, which Musk says represents an ‘everything app‘ that offers audio, video, messaging, and support for digital payments.

However, it’s not just the logo that has been stirring up debates among X’s user base.

Is light mode on X going away?

Elon Musk, who is no stranger to controversy, has now waded into the divisive debate over light mode versus dark mode.

He recently stated that dark mode is ‘better in every way’ and that it will be the only mode available on the platform, sparking a huge debate in the X community where users are unhappy with this decision.

Elon Musk Dark mode

Currently, on X, there’s light mode, a ‘dim’ setting with a dark blue/gray background, and ‘lights out’ that’s full-on black.

Additionally, users have the option to link the display to their phone’s settings, allowing the app to switch between light and dark modes according to preset timings.

Users argue that it’s an odd move to remove a display option entirely, as they want to be able to set up the platform in a way that’s most comfortable for them.

Some people prefer the clarity and brightness of light mode, while others find dark mode easier on their eyes, especially in low-light conditions or during nighttime usage.

Elon Musk’s response

The backlash from the X community was quick and intense. Users cited various reasons, including visual comfort, personal preferences, and even accessibility concerns.

In response to the uproar, Elon Musk took to X to clarify his stance on the matter. He confirmed that light mode would not be going away, which came as a relief to several users.

Elon Musk light mode

However, he announced that the dim mode, the intermediate option between light and dark, would be discontinued.

Dark mode would become the default theme on the platform, while light mode would still be available as an alternative for those who preferred it.

So, users can rest assured that they will still have the option to choose the mode that best suits their needs on X.

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Karanjot Sidhu

A computer science engineer who loves tech and won't stop talking about it. Apart from being a nerd, i love gaming and watching movies in my free time.