Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter Inc., addressed rumours that he might immediately reinstate banned users to the social network and said that Twitter Inc. will create a content-moderation council that includes “widely diverse viewpoints,” and major decisions on content and account reinstatements are on hold until the group is assembled
Musk earlier stated that he thought Twitter’s content moderation rules were too stringent and that he didn’t believe in lifetime bans. On Thursday, his $44 billion plan to take the social network private was finalised. Users and advertisers are curious to see whether the new owner’s views would result in the reinstatement of prominent individuals who were previously banned from the website, such as former US President Donald Trump. According to Musk’s tweet from Friday, there won’t be any reinstatements anytime soon.
The millionaire wasted little time in seizing total authority in the majority of other areas. Musk proclaimed himself CEO of one of the most powerful social media sites in the world, fired top management, and started instantly changing strategy.
Musk, 51, will take over for Parag Agrawal, who was fired along with three other top executives, according to a source familiar with the situation who asked to remain anonymous to disclose internal discussions. In the long run, the erratic businessman—who also oversees Tesla Inc. and SpaceX—may give up his position as CEO of Twitter. Representatives at Twitter declined to comment.
According to those familiar with the situation, when Musk visited Twitter’s headquarters on Wednesday, he assured staff members that he had no intention of laying off 75% of them when he took over the firm.
For the past six months, it has been difficult for Twitter employees, who have only followed the roller-coaster deal’s ups and downs through news headlines.
Many people have expressed dissatisfaction with Musk’s involvement, and some have questioned his suitability to lead a social networking business. Additional worries have been raised by his endorsement of a far-right political candidate in Texas as well as sexual harassment claims made in May by a former SpaceX flight attendant. Some staff members made fun of Musk during a video Q&A with Musk in June on internal Slack channels.