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Elon Musk Muses on Twitter’s Future, Aliens in Name With Firm Employees

Elon Musk addressed Twitter workers for the primary time on Thursday, expressing his view that Twitter would wish to chop its headcount, however providing few different new particulars about his $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,43,446 crore) deliberate takeover of the social media firm.

Musk appeared through video name 10 minutes late to what turned out to be a freewheeling query and reply session moderated by a Twitter government, during which Musk mused concerning the existence of aliens and different area civilisations and his view that Twitter ought to assist “civilisation and consciousness.”

The Tesla chief government, who can also be CEO of rocket firm SpaceX, advised Twitter workers he desires to boost the service’s person numbers from 229 million to at the very least 1 billion folks and mentioned promoting would stay essential for the corporate, regardless of beforehand saying he believes Twitter shouldn’t serve advertisements, in accordance with audio of the assembly heard by Reuters.

“I believe promoting is essential for Twitter,” Musk mentioned. “I am not in opposition to promoting. I might in all probability speak to the advertisers and say, like, ‘hey, let’s simply make sure that the advertisements are as entertaining as doable.'”

Musk, who was anticipated to offer assurance to Twitter workers throughout his first assembly, did not supply an replace on the deal closing.

He reiterated he was nonetheless making an attempt to study extra about bot and spam accounts on Twitter, which he known as his largest concern.

In response to a query about whether or not he anticipated layoffs, Musk mentioned there wanted to be “some rationalization of headcount and bills.”

“Proper now, the prices exceed the income,” he mentioned, including “anybody who’s … a big contributor ought to don’t have anything to fret about.”

Twitter workers took to an inner Slack channel in droves in the course of the session, posting memes and complaining that Musk was not offering helpful solutions on his imaginative and prescient for the enterprise and worker compensation.

In addition they demanded on Slack that the moderator press Musk on his views about distant work, as Twitter at present permits workers comparatively free reign to work remotely or within the workplace.

Musk mentioned he believed Twitter workers ought to lean towards working in an workplace however expressed willingness to make some exceptions. The bias ought to be “strongly in the direction of working in particular person, but when any person is phenomenal, then distant work may be okay,” he mentioned.

The upcoming takeover of Twitter has been met with widespread scepticism and concern among the many San Francisco-based firm’s workers, a few of whom have fearful Musk will loosen up guidelines on sure content material.

The billionaire advised Twitter workers he believed customers ought to be allowed to say “fairly outrageous issues” on the location so long as the content material isn’t unlawful.

Twitter shares had been down 1.5% and Tesla shares slumped greater than 9% in afternoon buying and selling.

Musk dialled into the decision sporting a white shirt and seemed to be sitting in a kitchen, in accordance with a supply who watched the decision.

When he turned off his video on the finish of the Q&A, his avatar seemed to be two fingers within the form of the quantity 69, an obvious reference to a intercourse place, the supply mentioned.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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