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Unhappy Twitter Employees Unload on CEO About Musk Takeover

Unhappy Twitter Employees Unload on CEO About Musk Takeover

Twitter Chief Executive Parag Agrawal found himself ducking employee anger on Friday during a company-wide meeting where employees demanded answers to how managers planned to handle an anticipated mass exodus prompted by Elon Musk’s $44B buyout.

The meeting took place after the Tesla chief executive repeatedly criticized Twitter’s content moderation practices and a top executive responsible for setting speech and safety policies once the deal had been announced. Musk has also been tweeting criticisms of Wellbutrin and random unfunny statements such as threatening to “put the cocaine back in Coca-Cola” or mocking liberals and then claiming he’s only kidding in the name of free speech.

BERLIN, GERMANY DECEMBER 01: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Award 2020 on December 01, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Britta Pedersen-Pool/Getty Images)

Twitter executives said during the meeting that the employee attrition rate has not changed compared to the levels before the news of Musk’s interest in buying the company.

While the deal hasn’t been finalized, Twitter employees still barraged Agrawal with questions about their future at the company. “Do we have a strategy in the near term on how to handle advertisers pulling investment?” one employee asked. “I’m tired of hearing about shareholder value and fiduciary duty,” said another. “What are your honest thoughts about the very high likelihood that many employees will not have jobs after the deal closes?” the employee asked Agrawal, in a question read aloud during the meeting.

Agrawal answered that Twitter has always cared about its employees and would continue to do so. “I believe the future Twitter organization will continue to care about its impact on the world and its customers,” he said.

But Twitter users are echoing the same doubts as the employees.

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