Leaked audio reveals Twitter executives’ poor opinion of new boss Elon Musk
Last Monday, a meeting of Twitter executives took place after Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform. Someone was recording the meeting and now the leak of an audio of it sheds light on how the old Twitter is living the imminent transition of approaches in some areas of the company.
And they don’t seem to be handling it well at all. In that audio, originally published by Project Veritas, Twitter’s chief marketing officer Leslie Berland can be heard saying that the company’s new owner has put both Twitter’s ‘Trust and Safety’ department and “anyone who cares about the health of the platform” in “a tough spot.”
The reason? Having publicly stated that the main motivation for the acquisition has been the moderation policies applied by the platform, and designed from the aforementioned body, created in 2016 and which already then received criticism from some sectors of the press for being an “Orwellian nightmare“.
But that was not the most controversial thing that could be heard at the meeting. Lara Cohen, Twitter’s global head of business, accused the new owner and his followers of “misogyny” for having criticized two other executives (the aforementioned Berland, and the company’s lawyer Vijaya Gadde) for their direct involvement in the controversial decision to censor any mention of news about the content of a laptop of Hunter Biden, son of the current US president, in the middle of the election campaign.
In fact, Twitter went so far as to suspend the New York Post account for two weeks for daring to bring the story to light. Months later, with Hunter Biden’s father already in the White House, even the progressive The New York Times confirmed the veracity of what was published by its conservative rival.
When podcast host Saagar Enjeti tweeted the news that the person ultimately responsible for that suspension (and the one for Trump’s account) had been crying during the aforementioned post-buyout meeting, Musk only replied with the following comment:
“Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate”
Musk claimed in another tweet that the “extreme reaction” to his purchase of Twitter “by those who fear free speech says it all,” and asserted that taking censorship beyond what the laws dictate is “going against the will of the people.”
Parag Agrawal, CEO of Twitter since the departure of Jack Dorsey, and an avowed advocate that Twitter has better things to do than safeguard the First Amendment [of the U.S. Constitution, which enshrines free speech], vindicated what has been done in recent years:
“Twitter is growing as a service and enabling people to have a better experience because […] we’ve created tools and processes to make people feel safe. I think there is a lot of work we can still do in that regard”.
During the meeting, Twitter employees were also assured that they are assured of their jobs for the next 6 months, which is how long it will take Elon Musk to take up his new position as CEO of the company. Based on what has been seen in recent days, it is likely that, at that time, several of the executives participating in the meeting will see the exit door pointed at them.
By the way, it is just over two months since Donald Trump, banned from Twitter while still President of the United States, launched his new social network Truth. Available only in his country, for now, it has not had much impact globally… however, today it has already had more downloads in recent days than Twitter (and Tik Tok) in the App Store, an aspect that Musk wanted to highlight in a tweet:
Truth Social is currently beating Twitter & TikTok on the Apple Store pic.twitter.com/RxawVUAYKH
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2022