Twitter confirmed on Thursday that two top executives are on their way to exit, and that has stopped most hiring, as Elon Musk is ready to become the new owner of the global messaging platform.
Kayvon Beykpour, a general manager who leads research, design and engineering at Twitter, joins product manager Bruce Falck, a Twitter spokesperson told AFP.
However, Beykpour said he was fired by the San Francisco-based technology company.
“The truth is, this is not how and when I envisioned leaving Twitter, and this was not my decision,”[ads1]; Beykpour, who is on paternity leave, said in a tweet.
Twitter boss Parag Agrawal “asked me to leave after telling me he wanted to take the team in a different direction,” he added.
Twitter also confirmed that, with effect this week, it will stop all hiring except for business-critical roles.
Musk’s $ 44 billion deal to buy Twitter was announced last month, but still needs support from shareholders and regulators.
The takeover is expected to end later in 2022, with Musk – who runs space exploration SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla – taking over as boss at least for a while.
Musk says he wanted to lift the ban imposed by Twitter on Donald Trump, claiming that firing the former US president off the platform “alienated much of the country.”
Musk’s endorsement of a Trump return sparked fears among activists that Musk would “open the floodgates of hatred.”
Trump has stated publicly that he would not return to Twitter if allowed, and instead stick to his own social network, Truth Social, which has not been successful.
Trump was launched from Twitter and other online platforms after supporters, incited by his tweets and speeches alleging electoral fraud, attacked the US capital on January 6, 2021 in a deadly attempt to stop Joe Biden from being certified as the winner of the two presidential election. months earlier.
Musk explained that permanent bans on Twitter should be rare, and reserved for accounts that are spam, scams or run by software “bots”.
Activist groups have urged Twitter advertisers to boycott the service if it opens the door to offensive and misinformation posts with Musk as owner.
The fate of Twitter’s top lawyer, considered a moral advocate for the platform, has been in doubt since Musk tweeted dissatisfaction with the content moderation she had performed.
The lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, has led efforts to combat bullying and posts that could lead to damage in the real world, such as the US Capitol Uprising.
She was involved in the decision to ban Trump, and others including the removal of political advertising from the app.
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