Elon Begins Making Massive Change At Twitter, Calls Tesla Engineers To Re-write Twitter Code
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Exposing the secret Twitter Code was on the mind of Elon Musk, on Thrusday, when he directed Tesla engineers to engage t with product leaders at Twitter, moving swiftly to take over ownership of the social media platform.
“Earlier Thursday in Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, product leaders showed Tesla engineers the company’s code, so they could assess and explain to Musk what the company needs, according to one of the people,” Forbes reported.
And the meeting did not look enjoyable for the lead censor of Twitter.
“Hours before being fired by Elon Musk, Twitter lawyer Vijaya Gadde was photographed glaring at her new boss in an awkward meet-up with other employees at the HQ coffee bar,” The Daily Mail reported, adding:
Gadde, widely considered the ‘head of censorship’ at Twitter, had been vocal in her criticism of Musk; she cried during a meeting in April after he first announced plans to buy the company.
Musk had publicly slammed her for squashing links to stories about Hunter Biden’s incriminating laptop before the 2020 election.
She walked away with a sizeable payout – a total of $72million in stocks that she owned, salary and benefits, and stocks that had not yet vested when she was in her position but which are now paid out as part of the deal.
And Questions about her actions are going to be made for a long time and may be somewhat answered when we understand what was in the code at Twitter.
Human Events Jack Psobeic connected the Tesla engineer’s investigation, earlier in the day on Thursday, to the firings that happened Thursday night, saying that Musk likely found something that made him have to fire people to protect his own liability as owner of the company:
The Daily Mail continued:
Within hours of taking the keys, Musk fired CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, and top counsel Vijaya Gadde – the woman responsible for banning President Trump after the January 6 riots.
As he ushered them out last night, he asked Tesla engineers to visit HQ today to start rewriting the website’s code.
Among his plans is to open source algorithms to increase transparency for users about how their data is used to suggest content to them, and to add an ‘edit’ button for all.
He also plans to allow President Trump back on the site.
‘Last week it had bigger numbers than all other platforms, including TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest.
‘It also looks and works better to my eye. I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country.
‘Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It will be much smaller, but better. I LOVE TRUTH!’
Among those who have decried his plans as dangerous is former head of global public policy, Colin Crowell.
He left Twitter in 2019, long before Musk had designs on the site, but told The New York Times yesterday: ‘It’s a ‘back-to-the-future’ reversion to content rules circa 2010, but one that ignores the lived experience over the last decade.
‘People eventually realize that the Wild West needs a sheriff, both for ensuring the safety of citizens but also for enhancing the prospects for commerce.’
Twitter shares have risen steadily throughout the week in anticipation of the takeover, but they will be halted on Friday on the NYSE.
Musk plans to take the company private – a move that will somewhat shield him from the regulation and bureaucracy he faces with a publicly traded company.
In a securities filing on April 14, Musk said he did not have confidence in Twitter’s management and initially vowed to sack 75 percent of the workforce when he formally bought the tech giant.The platform’s co-founder Biz Stone quickly took to Twitter to thank them for their ‘collective contribution to Twitter’. He added: ‘Massive talents, all, and beautiful humans each!’
It was Segal who, in February 2021, announced that Twitter’s ban on Donald Trump was permanent.
Musk has said that decision was wrong, and he intends to reverse it.
‘The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform, whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official,’ he told CNBC.
‘Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.’
Segal also likely irked Musk with his cautious approach to finance – in particular, his announcement in November that he didn’t think investing in cryptocurrency was a good move for Twitter.
Musk is famously a fan of cryptocurrency, and champions Dogecoin.
Segal told The Wall Street Journal that investing Twitter’s corporate cash in crypto assets such as bitcoin ‘doesn’t make sense right now.’
In October 2019 she was the architect of the idea to stop political advertising on the platform, and shortly before the election, she played a key role in the decision to suspend The New York Post’s account when it reported on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Twitter claimed it violated the company policy against promoting hacked material; critics were angered by the heavy-handedness, and Twitter later apologized.
In January 2021, it was Gadde who rang then-CEO Jack Dorsey – on vacation in Hawaii – to inform him they were banning Donald Trump, for violating policies against inciting violence