Leaks expose Twitter executives’ fears of Musk — Analysis
One executive said Twitter’s censors are now in a “very difficult” position, another reportedly cried
Leaks from Twitter’s staff meeting to discuss the takeover by Elon Musk show executives getting emotional and trying to cope with the coming changes. Project Veritas released audio from two of its executives on Tuesday. Politico reports that another executive teared up at the Monday meeting.
“Elon made it clear in public that a large part of the reason he bought the platform was because of our moderation policies and disagreements in how we deal with health,” Twitter’s Chief Marketing Officer and Head of People Leslie Berland can be heard saying in the leaked audio. “This puts Twitter service and Trust and Safety as well as anybody who cares about health on the platform in a very difficult position.”
Project Veritas also shared the one-minute audio recording with Post Millennial Tuesday. Parag Agrawal is CEO of Parag Agrawal. Parag had replaced Jack Dorsey as company founder in December.
“I believe Twitter grows as a service, allows for more people to use the product and have a better experience because we’re able to make the conversation on Twitter be safe because we have built tools, processes for people to be able to feel safe and control their experiences. I believe that there is a lot of work we have to do to continue making that better,”Agrawal stated. “Sometimes that means more thoughtful moderation. Sometimes this means simplifying things. Sometimes that means changing product incentives to be able to solve problems through products sometimes instead of policies.”
Twitter announced on Monday it would accept Musk’s $44 billion buyout. Musk, the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO, vowed that Tesla would take Tesla private to restore its freedom of speech roots. Musk made the following statement Tuesday “the extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech,”He said that his definition is the same as the law.
“I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law,”Musk tweets “If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect.”
Congress is prohibited by the First Amendment to the US Constitution from passing laws that infringe on freedom of speech and press.
It was clearly inappropriate to suspend the Twitter account of major news organizations for publishing truthful stories.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2022
Twitter’s top legal and Trust and Safety executive, Vijaya Gadde, reportedly cried during Monday’s meeting at the prospect of Musk’s takeover, according to Politico.
“Gadde cried during the meeting as she expressed concerns about how the company could change, according to three people familiar with the meeting. She acknowledged that there are significant uncertainties about what the company will look like under Musk’s leadership,”According to the outlet.
Gadde headed Trust and Safety and was in charge for the definition of trust and safety. “hate speech” “healthy conversations,” and was reportedly responsible for the platform’s decision to ban US President Donald Trump in January 2021, as Dorsey was on vacation at the time.
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