Elon Musk names himself CEO of Twitter and only member of company’s board, too


Tesla Inc. boss Elon Musk mentioned on Monday he’ll function chief govt of Twitter, the social media firm he simply purchased for $44 billion, a transfer that Wall Street analysts have mentioned may stretch the billionaire skinny.

Musk, who additionally runs rocket firm SpaceX, brain-chip startup Neuralink and tunnelling agency the Boring Company, fired Twitter’s earlier chief Parag Agrawal and different prime firm officers final week, and has proposed revisions to the platform’s person verification course of, which has been free till now.

Responding to a tweet from writer Stephen King that he wouldn’t be prepared to pay $20 a month to maintain the verified badge on Twitter, Musk replied: “How about $8?”

The billionaire mentioned that introducing a worth was the only solution to defeat trolls and bots on the platform, and that Twitter couldn’t totally depend on advertisers to pay its payments.

Only member of company’s board

Musk introduced his Twitter CEO function in a securities submitting. In one other submitting on Monday, Musk revealed that he grew to become the only real director of Twitter in consequence of the takeover.

Musk had beforehand modified his Twitter bio to “Chief Twit” in an allusion to his deliberate transfer. Twitter on Monday declined to touch upon how lengthy Musk may stay CEO or appoint another person.

“The following individuals, who had been administrators of Twitter previous to the efficient time of the merger, are not administrators of Twitter: Bret Taylor, Parag Agrawal, Omid Kordestani, David Rosenblatt, Martha Lane Fox, Patrick Pichette, Egon Durban, Fei-Fei Li and Mimi Alemayehou,” Musk mentioned within the submitting.

Shortly afterward, Musk tweeted that the transfer to dissolve the board “is simply short-term,” with out elaborating.

Replying to a tweeted query on what was “most tousled at Twitter,” Musk tweeted on Sunday that “there appear to be 10 folks ‘managing’ for each one particular person coding.”

Jack Dorsey, who based Twitter and was CEO earlier than Agrawal, was pushed to step down from the highest job on the firm as a result of buyers believed he could not do the job whereas additionally being CEO of Block Inc., which runs the Square cost platform.

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Some Twitter customers say they’re fearful Elon Musk’s plans to loosen moderation guidelines on the positioning will make it a hotbed of hate speech and abuse, and are contemplating leaving the social media platform earlier than it goes sideways.

On Monday, Nick Caldwell, a basic supervisor at Twitter’s Core Technologies, indicated on his Twitter bio that he was not with the corporate. Caldwell and Twitter didn’t reply to Reuters’s request for remark outdoors common enterprise hours.

Since the takeover, which concluded final week, Musk has moved shortly to place his stamp on Twitter, which he had ridiculed for months for being gradual to introduce product adjustments or take down spam accounts.

His groups started assembly with some staff to research Twitter’s software program code and perceive how features of the platform labored, in accordance with two sources accustomed to the matter.

Some workers who spoke with Reuters mentioned they’d obtained little communication from Musk or different leaders and had been utilizing information experiences to piece collectively what was taking place on the firm.

Tesla’s stock has misplaced a 3rd of its worth since Musk made a suggestion to purchase Twitter in April, in contrast with a 12 per cent decline within the benchmark S&P 500 index in the identical interval.


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