Elon Musk’s seat on Twitter’s board stokes fears among employees

Elon Musk’s seat on Twitter’s board stokes fears among employees
FILE PHOTO: Elon Musk talks at the Automotive World News Congress at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Company insiders at Twitter have anonymously revealed that the arrival of Elon Musk into the company’s confines is worrying some employees. Musk calls himself a “free speech absolutist," and even though people on the board aren’t making policy decisions, there are fears that he’ll influence the status quo and shake things up a little too much.

For example, Trump was banned from Twitter (and other social media platforms) after the Capitol riot, and Musk said at the time that US tech companies should be wary of acting “as the de facto arbiter of free speech." With Musk now on the board, some Trump supporters are excited about his position’s possibilities.

Key comments:

“Now that @ElonMusk is Twitter’s largest shareholder, it’s time to lift the political censorship. Oh… and BRING BACK TRUMP!," tweeted Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert on Monday.

The Twitter board “plays an important advisory and feedback role across the entirety of our service," but the day to day operations and decisions are made by Twitter’s management and employees. “Twitter is committed to impartiality in the development and enforcement of its policies and rules," a company spokesperson said.

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