“We say that Twitter is what is happening and what people are talking about right now. Often we are [at] Twitter are what is happening and what people are talking about. That, of course, was this week, “Agraval wrote in an e-mail across the company on Thursday, inviting staff to the AMA.” After reporting our advice, many of you have various questions. about Elon Musk and I want to welcome you to ask these questions office him. “
Town halls, where employees can ask direct, clear questions to senior management, are a long-standing tradition of Silicon Valley and are held regularly on Facebook, Google and Twitter. But accepting a board member in one is a rarity.
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Twitter spokesman Brendan Lee confirmed the AMA and declined to comment further. Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“I look forward to working with the Parag & Twitter board to significantly improve Twitter in the coming months,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday, responding to a public greeting from Agrawal.
Hours earlier, Musk had polled his 80 million followers on Twitter to see if they wanted to see an edit button – which would allow them to edit tweets after they were published – winking at long-standing requests for performance from experienced platform users. The company later confirmed that the button was already working.
Ascension Maska – who is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX – to Twitter’s board of directors after he quietly bought out more than 9 percent of the company will push Twitter even further into political and cultural wars raging across the United States.
Twitter, which is in liberal San Francisco and has more than 5,000 employees who can work remotely from anywhere, is known for its extremely liberal and vocal corporate culture. The recently gone CEO Jack Dorsey is a well-known supporter of Black Lives Matter. Twitter became the first campaign to take action against President Donald Trump for his tweets in support of the riots with the Capitol on Jan. 6, and the first campaign to allow employees to work from home permanently. Engineering teams have spent years creating tools to combat spam, misinformation and hate speech.
Musk, on the other hand, used his own Twitter account, which he widely signed, to question the need to moderate content, promote himself as a champion of free speech and – as several internal affairs officials noted this week – seems to ridicule gender pronouns . He was also known as a tough manager who would seek to fire people on the spot if they did not follow his way of thinking.
“Short question: if an employee tweets some of the things Elon writes, they are more likely to be the subject of an HR investigation,” said one employee on Slack’s channels. “Do board members follow the same standards?”
Another report said employees had a hard time welcoming a leader whose values seemed to contradict the company’s values.
“We know that he has harmed workers, the trans community, women and other people with less power in the world,” he said. “How are we going to reconcile this decision with our values? Do innovations dominate humanity? ”
Another employee, who said he had previously worked at Tesla, said he “witnessed the horrific changes in the company’s culture that have taken place” after Musk took over as CEO. “Now I’m very upset because I saw with my own eyes what he could do,” the man said.
All week, top Twitter executives spoke at Slack to remind employees that the company’s culture remained the same and that Musk wasn’t going to be responsible for making serious decisions, noting that Agraval was still a “performer”.
Elon Musk joins the board of Twitter, promising significant improvements
But for a man who originally called himself a “passive” investor – that is, a shareholder who has no intention of influencing or changing control of the company – before he joined the board, Musk seemed to have already played a big role.
Some concerns by Twitter staff about Mask’s potentially huge role are played by earlier remarks that have taken place in recent years on Facebook, where employees have repeatedly raised questions about the influence of controversial board member Peter Till.
Dorsey tweeted that Agraval and Musk would be an “incredible team.” And the invitation to the AMA along with the CEO also seemed to indicate that Mask would be given more power.
“A wide range of views and voices defines our service,” Agraval wrote in his email on Thursday. “And it also needs to be reflected and taken internally.”
Faiz Siddiki contributed to this report.