Elon Musk publicly criticizes Twitter executives, scandal

The arrival of Elon Musk at Twitter will have definitely made a lot of noise. After posting a derogatory tweet about Vijaya Gadde, the social network’s legal expert in charge of regulations and security, the multi-billionaire allowed himself a small meme on Wednesday to mock the platform’s rules on content moderation, as well as of his manager.

Elon Musk’s tweet about him referred to Twitter’s decision to block an article from the New York Post, a conservative American daily, from being shared during the presidential campaign because it violated its guidelines. “Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was, of course, incredibly inappropriate,” Elon Musk wrote.

“Harassment is not management”

According to the Politico news site, Vijaya Gadde broke down in tears during an online meeting with her teams, gathered to discuss the change of ownership. “She expressed in detail her pride in the work of her colleagues and encouraged employees to continue their good work,” the article said. “Harassment is not management,” reacted Dick Costolo, who ran Twitter from 2010 to 2015.

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“Creating memes targeting executives like Vijaya Gadde, who has a long career spent seeking the right balance between security and freedom of expression (…), is completely unacceptable”, indignant Alex Stamos, of the prestigious University of Stanford, and former head of security at Facebook. “Heads of Elon’s other companies need to tell him he’s overstepping his bounds. »

Some employees fear Elon Musk

Several American newspapers have relayed the concerns expressed internally by many employees at the idea that the richest man in the world, accustomed to provocations, leader of companies where unionization is discouraged, will take control.

According to the Bloomberg agency, since Monday, Twitter has prevented employees from making changes to the platform’s computer code without the agreement of a vice-president, to avoid any sabotage. Some fear in particular that Elon Musk will undo their work in terms of content moderation to protect users from abuse and violence.

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