Elon Musk will seek to soothe worried Twitter employees with a “ask me anything”-style town hall meeting, which will take place only days after his appointment to the company’s board of directors sparked an internal riot. Agrawal made the announcement in a companywide email to staff, just days after Musk became the company’s biggest individual shareholder, with a 9.1 percent stake.
Some Twitter workers have reacted angrily to Musk’s investment, questioning if the Tesla CEO’s outspoken personality would harm the company’s culture or have an impact on their day-to-day duties. “We believe that Twitter represents what is currently occurring and what people are talking about. We [at] Twitter are often at the forefront of what’s going on and what people are talking about. As Agrawal pointed out in the email, “that has definitely been the case this week.” “Many of you have shown interest in Elon Musk after our board announcement, and I would want to extend an invitation to you to ask him any questions you may have,” Agrawal said. “I look forward to hearing from you.”
Musk has committed to collaborate with Twitter’s CEO and other board members in order to “make major changes” to the social networking site. In addition to sharing important news about Tesla, SpaceX, and his other business ventures on Twitter, the billionaire has also criticised the social media network for restricting free expression. A spokeswoman for Musk on Twitter stated that a town hall meeting with the public was in the works. The proposal was initially reported on by the Washington Post, which was the first to do so.
Elon will be joining our CEO Parag for an AMA with Twitter employees very soon, I can confirm.” According to the representative, “we have nothing more to add.” Some Twitter workers were frightened by the thought of working with the billionaire who is known for his strong opinions.
As one employee put it on Twitter’s internal Slack channels, “Quick question: If an employee tweeted some of the things Elon tweets, they’d certainly be the topic” of an HR complaint, according to the Washington Post, another employee said on the same channel. “Did our board of directors adhere to the same standards?” Another employee said that Musk’s ideals were diametrically opposed to those of the company.
According to the employee, “we are aware that he has caused damage to employees, members of the transgender community, women, and those who have less influence in the world.” “We have to figure out how to square this choice with our core principles.” “Does invention take precedence above humanity?”
As previously reported by The Washington Post, Musk’s appointment to the board of directors elicited a mixed reaction among Twitter workers on the anonymous internal messaging board Blind.
“Daddy Elon” was hailed by some for raising their stock options and perhaps lowering “woke” content management requirements, while others criticised him for doing so. Musk was labelled as “a racial demagogue with a god complex” by one of his employees.
The split reaction has not deterred Musk, who has joked that he would be using marijuana at one of the company’s next Twitter board sessions. In the days after the announcement of the investment, Twitter management attempted to assuage employee fears by informing them that Musk would not be able to take unilateral action at the firm and that Agrawal, as CEO, would be “the tiebreaker” on critical decisions. Musk’s agreement with the board stipulated that he would have a seat on the board until at least 2024 and that he would be restricted from purchasing more than 14.9 percent of the firm.