Leaked records of Twitter’s internal communications reveal just how shrill and woke the company’s employees are and leaves little doubt as to how the social media became a bastion for group think, censorship, and radical, left-wing bias.
The social media giant’s left-wing employees were outraged, of course, after Twitter’s board reversed its previous position and on April 25 announced that it had decided to accept Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s $44 billion offer to buy the company.
Musk’s move to buy Twitter began on April 4 when he revealed he had purchased 9.2 percent of the company for a reported $2.9 billion, at the time making him Twitter’s largest shareholder. The next day, Twitter announced that Musk was invited to join the company’s board of directors.
However, on April 14, after Musk rejected the limitations the company put on its offer of a board seat, the SpaceX boss announced he “made an offer” to purchase the company outright. Musk offered shareholders $54.20 per share, a “54 percent premium over the closing price of the Common Stock on January 28, 2022.”
At first, the board was so against the purchase that it enacted a “poison pill” rule to prevent Musk from purchasing more shares. But all of a sudden, after he proved that he really could raise the cash to buy the company, the board did an about face.
That two weeks of whirlwind business drama seems to have truly sent the company’s employees off the deep end, if the evidence of the leaked communications among Twitter’s employees is any indication.
The messages were posted on Twitter Slack channels, an app that allows a company to keep their employees connected online.
One topic that drove the conversation appears to be the employees’ disconnect over free speech.
“Physically cringy watching Elon talk about free speech,” wrote an employee who claims to be transgender, according to the New York Post.
Another wrote about how Twitter employees are going through the “five stages of grief.”
That same senior worker also dipped into another topic of worry seen in many Slack entries. He worried that Musk would reinstate President Donald Trump’s account and allow him to begin tweeting again.
“We’re all going through the five stages of grief in cycles and everyone’s nerves are frazzled,” a senior staff software engineer wrote after calling Musk an “a**hole.” “We’re all spinning our wheels, and coming up with worst case scenarios (Trump returns! No more moderation!). The fact is that [Musk] has not talked about what he’s planning on doing in any detail outside of broad sweeping statements that could be easily seen as hyperbolic showboating.”
There were other proclamations, too. Yet another pledged to quit the company once Musk takes control.
Many of these employees were disgusted over Musk’s stated desire of working to re-institute a freer, and fairer forum for free speech. These employees nearly to a person said they wanted more censorship and less free speech, not the opposite.
One claimed, for instance, that the desire for free speech “is cover for ‘I want to not be held accountable for saying or amplifying harmful things.'”
There were other concerns, too. The Post added that there were complaints that Twitter allowed center right journalists such as Andy Ngo to belong to the service, some claimed Musk would somehow put minorities in danger with his free speech ideals, and there were also those who claimed that more free speech would endanger democracy.
The latter included former Twitter exec Laura Gomez who outlandishly insisted that “A Musk-owned Twitter is one of the greatest threats to the 2022 and 2024 elections. We are f*cked if this happens,” the Post reported.
At this point, we have no idea what Elon Musk means when he says he wants to reinstate free speech on Twitter. But so far, Musk’s escapade with his effort to buy Twitter has revealed just how extreme and biased the company’s employees really are. And it also reveals why Musk feels he has to step in in the first place.Tags: Commentary Elon Musk free speech Twitter