Published On: Fri, Apr 29th, 2022

In leaked all-hands meeting, Twitter CEO fields questions about Elon Musk’s takeover

If we wanted to be a fly on a wall during a initial Twitter all-hands assembly after a height supposed Elon Musk’s $44 billion bid, you’re in luck.

Audio from Twitter’s companywide call about a extreme change from being a publicly traded association to a billionaire-owned, private entity was leaked by a regressive romantic group, Project Veritas, on YouTube. The group, of course, has a bone to collect with Twitter, as a worried owners James O’Keefe was booted from Twitter final year for height strategy and spam. The organisation also has a story of false stating practices, including a use of dubious video edits.

While Twitter declined to criticism on a leak, a discourse appears to be unchanging with before reports about a call. And while Twitter CMO Leslie Berland tweeted that an audio shave from a assembly has been “leaked, edited and skewed as [hers] (and a company’s) views,” it appears she competence have been responding to a twitter that showed an edited shave of a audio leak, not a full version. In this brief clip, it was not transparent that Berland was reading questions from employees, as against to vocalization on her possess behalf. The full trickle of a assembly audio creates it transparent a questions are entrance from employees.

Over a 45-minute discussion, CEO Parag Agrawal and eccentric house chair Bret Taylor fielded a employees’ questions, that were relayed around Berland. Many of a answers, however, were some chronicle of “we need to ask Elon about that.”

Until a bargain closes, that could take adult to 6 months, Agrawal said, “[Twitter] will continue creation decisions as we always have, guided by a beliefs we’ve had, that doesn’t meant things won’t change. Things have been changing. I’ve been in this purpose for 4 months,” Agrawal explained. “Once a bargain closes, opposite decisions competence be made. For us to benefit discernment into that, we’ll be anticipating a approach to have Elon speak with all of we during a soonest probable opportunity,” he said.

Elon Musk’s Twitter bargain includes a $1 billion stop price on both sides

Still, a questions that employees asked indicated genuine courtesy about how a bargain would impact their day-to-day work priorities, remuneration and batch options, and pursuit security. As formerly reported, Agrawal told employees that there would be “no layoffs during this time,” that isn’t a many assuring probable response. When asked about a intensity employing freeze, Agrawal pronounced that a association hadn’t nonetheless suspicion by a answer to that question.

Another courtesy among employees is how Elon Musk’s enterprise to favour “free speech” will impact a platform’s guidelines. Twitter now bans hatred speech, spam, targeted harassment, COVID-19 misinformation and attempts to manipulate a domestic election. But Musk has indicated that he wants Twitter’s policies to compare that of a law — a matter that doesn’t totally reason adult for a private amicable network used in many opposite countries.

An worker asked for some-more clarity on what Musk competence have meant by “free speech.” Agrawal pronounced everybody accepted what giveaway debate meant, as it’s a judgment that’s existed for a while.

“But we consider we am going to try and review a doubt behind a doubt here, that is, where competence Twitter’s product go as a private association in a destiny once a bargain closes?” Agrawal continued. His answer indicated that Twitter wasn’t wholly transparent on that indicate during this time.

“To best benefit viewpoint on this … we’ll find ways to move Elon in for a QA with all of you,” he said, adding that a care group would also lay down with Musk to improved know “his prophesy for a destiny of Twitter competence demeanour like.”

Hinting during probable differences of opinion with Twitter’s new owner, Agrawal also voiced a enterprise to have “a two-way dialogue” with Musk where Twitter’s care could “inform and teach him on a work we have done, and a things we have schooled along a way.” Reading between a lines of a comment, even in a heavily massaged corporate-speech format, it seems that Twitter’s stream care doesn’t trust Musk has a low bargain of since Twitter has taken a actions it has with courtesy to moderation.

Optimistically, Agrawal combined Twitter’s care would be looking to know Musk’s “ambitions and aspirations” in sequence to “see how we can best collaborate.” (Of course, there are already questions being lifted as to possibly Agrawal would be a one Musk will be “collaborating” with, given Musk’s statements in an progressing SEC filing about how he did not “have certainty in [Twitter’s] management.)

An worker also asked if President Trump’s comment will be reinstated, though Agrawal didn’t give a approach answer here either. Although Trump himself has pronounced he doesn’t wish to lapse to Twitter, his mind could change.

Trump says he won’t lapse to Twitter if his comment is reinstated

“I consider we’ve been doing a work to learn about what’s function out there. We constantly develop a policies. We make decisions for a health of a open review each day,” he said. “Once a bargain closes, we don’t know that instruction a height will go in.”

It sounds like Musk will get to make that call, in other words.

Another worker remarkable that Musk has pronounced that partial of since he bought a height was since he disagreed with their calm mediation policies. “This puts Twitter Service, and Trust and Safety, as good as anybody who cares about health on a height in a really formidable position,” a question, relayed by Berland, said. The worker asked how these teams will be upheld when Musk assumes power.

Agrawal began his response by initial touting a work Twitter had finished to keep conversations safe, giveaway from strategy and from spam. The latter, however, is one of Musk’s incomparable complaints with a use today, that has been incompetent to get a hoop on a bots and spammers, including some-more recently, a crypto spammers who mostly inundate Musk’s Twitter replies.

Agrawal afterwards complimented a teams that work to keep Twitter safe, though he added, “I trust there is a lot of work we have to do to continue creation that better. Sometimes that means some-more courteous moderation, infrequently that means creation things simpler, infrequently that means changing product incentives to be means to solve problems by products infrequently instead of policies.”

For now, Musk’s takeover bid for Twitter stays theme to shareholder and regulatory approval.

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Additional reporting: Sarah Perez

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