eaked audio from Project Veritas is providing better insight into the chaos that occurred at Twitter headquarters when it was revealed to top managers that billionaire Elon Musk had indeed acquired the Big Tech company for $44 billion. Listen:
“Elon [Musk] made it clear in public that a large part of the reason he bought the platform was because of our moderation policies and disagreements in how we deal with health,” Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Berland said. “This puts Twitter service and trust and safety, as well as anybody who cares about health on the platform in a very difficult position.”
The condescending remark is an outstanding insight into the paternalistic attitudes that have driven censorship at Twitter throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Twitter’s CEO Parag Agrawal also commented on Elon Musk’s takeover of the company.
“I believe Twitter grows as a service allows for more people to use the product and have a better experience because we are able to make the conversation on Twitter, be safe, because we have built tools, processes for people to be able to feel safe and control their experiences,” Agrawal claimed. “I believe that there is a lot of work we have to do to continue making that better.”
“Sometimes that means more thoughtful moderation,” he added. “Sometimes that means making things simpler. Sometimes that means changing product incentives to be able to solve problems through products, sometimes ensure policies.”
Jack Dorsey, former CEO of Twitter, weighed in on the takeover by expressing his full confidence in Elon Musk, even as he intends to take the company private.
“I love Twitter,” Dorsey said. “Twitter is the closest thing we have to a global consciousness. The idea and service is all that matters to me, and I will do whatever it takes to protect both. Twitter as a company has always been my sole issue and my biggest regret.”
“It has been owned by Wall Street and the ad model,” he said. “Taking it back from Wall Street is the correct first step.”
“In principle, I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter,” he added. “It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company however, Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness. Elon’s goal of creating a platform that is ‘maximally trusted and broadly inc…