Many Twitter employees reportedly went “absolutely insane” on Monday after Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media platform was completed.
Immediately after the $44 billion purchase was announced, Twitter employees began expressing outrage and shock in private chat rooms. A reporter from the New York Times described the internal communication channels as “absolutely insane”.
“I feel like I’m going to throw up… me [really] I don’t want to work for a company that Elon Musk owns,” a Twitter employee told a New York Times reporter.
“I don’t [really] knows what to do… oh my god my phone blew up,” this clerk continued, and what we’re doing… his statement over ours [algorithm] was insane… Were we just going to let everyone run amok? … nobody knows.”
Another employee reported a since-deleted tweet that they “needed a strong drink”.
The daily beast reported that another Twitter contributor wrote on Blind, an anonymous social media platform, “Musk is dishonest, clueless and mentally ill.” One contributor even slammed fellow Musk supporters, saying, “Elon fanboys are brain dead mouth breather.”
Company leaders held an all-employee meeting with employees on Monday afternoon. A key concern among them was Musk’s pledge to transform Twitter into a platform that embraces free speech.
To to the Washington Post, staff fear Musk will breach the “safeguards” Twitter has implemented “to protect its users from content that Twitter deems “harmful” or “unsafe” or misinformation.” Other employees are concerned about their permanent home office situation, while others have expressed concern about their company’s stock and whether there will be layoffs in the future, according to the New York Times reported.
However, some Twitter employees also expressed optimism about the future of their workplace.
“Elon didn’t invest 20 percent of his net worth in destroying Twitter,” a Washington Post staffer said. “Personally, I think a change like this might be what Twitter needs.”
Even Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey supported Musk’s purchase.
“Basically, I don’t think anyone should own or operate Twitter,” he said reacted. “It wants to be a protocol-level public good, not a corporation. However, to solve the problem of it being a company, Elon is the only solution I trust. I trust its mission to expand the light of consciousness.”
Despite weeping and gnashing of teeth from some employees, Musk hasn’t announced any changes to Twitter.
Instead, after his purchase, Musk released a statement expressing a desire to make Twitter better — not destroy it.
“Freedom of expression is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace where important issues affecting the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said.
“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features, open-sourcing algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and authenticate everyone. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Twitter blocked employees from making changes to Twitter’s source code and prevented angry employees from sabotaging the Bloomberg platform reported.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/twitter-employees-react-elon-musk-purchase Twitter Staffers Go ‘Absolutely Crazy’ After Elon Musk Purchase: ‘I Feel Like I’m About to Throw Up’