April 25, 2022

WORLD: Yaaay! Elon Musk Has Officially Purchased Twitter In Order To Make It A Free Speech Platform. Freedom Lovers Knight In Shining Armor. ๐Ÿฅฐ

written by Jeremy Frankel
Monday April 25, 2022

Twitter staff have at least six months of job security, the company told employees, until Elon Musk takes control of the company in a $44 billion acquisition.

The deal for Musk's takeover of Twitter was agreed to on Monday.

The staff were addressed Monday afternoon by CEO Parag Agrawal and board Chairman Bret Taylor. According to two people at the meeting, Agrawal said that ''it's important to acknowledge that all of you have many different feelings about what is happening.

''Some of you are concerned, some are you are excited, and some of you are waiting to see how this goes. I know this affects all of you personally. It is an emotional day, and I just want to acknowledge it.''

Employees were told that business will operate as usual until a deal closes in six months, and that there would be no layoffs ''at this time,'' although that may change when Musk officially takes the helm.

New York Times reporter Talmon Smith reported that the company's internal chat rooms were ''absolutely insane.'' One staffer said that '''I feel like im going to throw up..I rly don't wanna work for a company that is owned by Elon Musk.''

''How did we go from poison pill to this so quickly?'' another Twitter employee asked, according to journalist Yashar Ali.

Musk committed to protecting free speech on Twitter, ''defeat the spam bots,'' ''authenticate all humans,'' and said that he planned to ''enhance the product with new features,'' and ''make the algorithms open source to increase trust.''

Musk earlier called for his ''worst critics'' to stay on Twitter because ''that is what free speech means.''
Bloomberg News
written by Kurt Wagner and Edward Ludlow
Monday April 25, 2022

Twitter Inc. locked down changes to its social networking platform through Friday after accepting a $44 billion bid from billionaire Elon Musk, making it harder for employees to make unauthorized changes, according to people familiar with the matter.

For now, Twitter won’t allow product updates unless they’re business-critical, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the situation is private. The company accepted a $54.20-a-share bid from Musk after a whirlwind courtship that began with the Tesla Inc. magnate disclosing a 9% stake in Twitter earlier this month.

Product changes will require approval from a vice president, the people said. Twitter imposed the temporary ban to keep employees who may be miffed about the deal from “going rogue,” according to one of the people.

The move underscores Twitter’s bumpy road ahead as it transitions from a publicly held company to a private one owned by the controversial billionaire. Many of the company’s employees have been agitated about the idea of Musk taking charge and what changes may come.

Musk, 50, is a prolific tweeter and has shared many ideas for the platform, including everything from adding an edit button to turning Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter.

Twitter has previously instituted freezes to its code ahead of key events, such as the Super Bowl, to ensure continuity on the platform and prevent mistakes appearing.

I can't wait to get my Twitter account reinstated.
Elon Musk is my knight in shining armor.
THANK YOU Elon Musk.
You see prayers do get answered.

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