The Twitter logo seen displayed on a smartphone with Elon Musk’s account in the background.

Elon Musk linked Twitter criticism with company lawyer Vijaya Gadde, who has been involved in content moderation decisions.
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo accused Musk in a tweet of trying to make Gadde a target for harassment.
Musk is trying to scare off employees to cut costs, NYT op-ed podcaster Kara Swisher said in a tweet.

Elon Musk tweeted two references this week to past content-moderation decisions made by one of its top executives, which prompted pushback from the company’s former CEO, as well as speculation that he’s trying to force higher-paid employees to quit the company he is set to own.  

On Tuesday, Politico reported a story on Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top lawyer, which discussed her status as a lightning rod for conservative criticism, as well as her role in decisions like banning the account of President Donald Trump.

She became a larger target after company decided to limit content related to the 2020 New York Post story about President Biden’s son, Hunter, the outlet noted. (Gadde was the one who explained the company’s decision to change that policy a few days later on her Twitter account).

Twitter also had suspended the New York Post’s account at that time. 

“Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate,” Musk wrote in the reply.  

—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2022

 

Musk’s tweet prompted a wave of racist online attacks against Gadde, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. 

“Some used expletives or racist slurs referring to Gadde’s Indian heritage, including words like ‘curry,’ and references to India’s caste system,” the outlet wrote. 

A day later, Musk tweeted a meme that seemed to reference a Joe Rogan podcast on which Gadde appeared in March 2019 to defend Twitter’s content moderation policies. 

The tweets drew the ire of former CEO Dick Costolo, who tweeted his own reply:

 

—dick costolo (@dickc) April 27, 2022

 

But some observers questioned whether Musk’s real motivation behind the tweets was financial.

Twitter employees quitting would make it easier to cut labor costs, which is needed because of his debt-financed acquisition of Twitter, New York Times opinion writer Kara Swisher said in a tweet Wednesday, quoting Costolo’s reply to Musk. 

—Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) April 27, 2022

Musk and Twitter

Source:: Business Insider

      

A former Twitter CEO accused Elon Musk of encouraging threats against a top executive. One theory is that Musk is just trying to push top-paid Twitter employees to quit.

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