October 28 – Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, claimed on Friday that he had no part in the reinstatement of musician Kanye West’s account, which had been disabled earlier this month for posting anti-Semitic comments.
The billionaire said that before the social media platform’s $44 billion buyout was finalized late on Thursday, Twitter had reinstated the account of the musician, who is now known as Ye. Musk claimed in a tweet that “they did not consult with or inform me.”
Ye, has more than 30 million Twitter followers…
…has courted controversy in recent months by publicly terminating significant corporate partnerships and making outbursts against other celebrities on social media.
Ye posted on Twitter for the first time in two years on October 8 after his Instagram account was suspended due to anti-Semitic comments. Musk responded with the message “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!” at that time. Later, Twitter deleted one of his posts and locked his account.
Elon Musk sacked four Twitter executives…
…for cause” as part of an apparent effort to avoid having to pay out MILLIONS in severance and stock options, since it has been made public that he is implementing quick layoffs across the firm to “avoid comparable payouts to normal staff.”
Elon Musk, the newly appointed CEO of Twitter, claims that he had nothing to do with the platform’s decision to unblock Kanye West’s account and restore it.
Musk took control of Twitter on Thursday…
…with ruthless efficiency, sacking top executives but offering no explanation of how he plans to realize the goals he has set for the important social media company.
Ye made a preliminary agreement to purchase Parler, the social media site favored by American conservatives, earlier in October.
One of Elon Musk’s first actions as the formal owner of the social media site was to remove top Twitter officials on Thursday. The CEO Parag Agrawal, the CFO Ned Segal, the general counsel Sean Edgett, and the head of legal policy, trust and safety Vijaya Gadde were all sacked by Musk, according to stories from The New York Times, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications.
Multiple sources claim that the deal is final…
…which gave Musk the go-ahead to purge the executive ranks. Gadde had previously come under fire from the Tesla CEO on his Twitter account since she had a hand in the decision to remove the former president Donald Trump off the platform. He has clashed with Agrawal as well. Musk publicly tweeted the CEO with excrement emojis,
Musk said on Friday that Twitter would create a content moderation group with a wide range of perspectives. Before that council meets, “no significant content decisions or account reinstatements will happen.”
Musk responded to a user’s question about Ye West’s account being reinstated by saying, “Before the acquisition, Twitter restored Ye’s account. They didn’t talk to me or let me know.”
Musk announced that Twitter would create a content control council with “widely different opinions”.
Before that council meets, “no significant content choices or account reinstatements will happen,” he continued.