‘Chief Twit’ takes management
Musk completes his $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter, instantly firing a lot of the corporate’s high executives and tweeting “the bird is freed”.
Earlier than formally taking cost of the corporate, Musk modified his Twitter profile to learn “Chief Twit” and turned as much as Twitter HQ in San Francisco carrying a sink, saying: “Let that sink in!”
Platform battles ‘trolling campaign’
After a surge in tweets containing racist language, Twitter’s head of belief and security says: “Hateful conduct has no place here.” Yoel Roth says the corporate is taking motion in opposition to customers “involved in this trolling campaign” to make Twitter secure and welcoming for everybody.
Musk shares inaccurate story
Musk tweets an article containing a lot of inaccuracies about an assault on the husband of US Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi by a hammer-wielding intruder. The location has a historical past of publishing inaccurate tales and Musk later deletes the tweet after a backlash.
Trump return dismissed – for now
With simply over every week to go earlier than the US midterm elections, Musk responds to questions on whether or not he’ll reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account on Twitter by tweeting: “If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if Trump is coming back on this platform, Twitter would be minting money!”
Later that day, Musk attended a halloween get together in New York and posed for images carrying a “Devil’s champion” costume.
Criticism over subscription service
Following stories that Twitter will start charging customers to have verified accounts, Musk responds to criticism from writer Stephen King by saying: “We need to pay the bills somehow!”.
Musk strikes to chop employees numbers
Workers on the firm start receiving emails entitled “Your Role at Twitter” informing them whether or not they have misplaced their jobs. Responding to information in regards to the layoffs, Musk says “unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day”.
Yoel Roth, the pinnacle of belief and security, mentioned 50% of the corporate’s almost 8,000 staff had been laid off however sought to reassure customers and advertisers that the platform’s moderation capability remained intact.
Twitter founder breaks silence
Twitter co-founder and ex-CEO Jack Dorsey breaks his silence over the Musk takeover to apologise to employees who’ve misplaced their jobs, saying: “I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly.”
Crackdown on parody accounts
Musk publicizes that Twitter accounts impersonating folks with out being clearly labelled a parody will likely be completely suspended – a change to the earlier course of when accounts got a warning first.
Various accounts that modified their title to “Elon Musk” and mocked the billionaire had already been suspended or positioned behind a warning signal.
Warnings about Twitter’s survival
In his first electronic mail to Twitter employees, Musk warns that the “economic picture ahead is dire” and provides: “Without significant subscription revenue, there is a good chance Twitter will not survive the upcoming economic downturn.”
In the meantime, after the launch of the $8-a-month Twitter Blue subscription, which supplies paying customers a blue tick, a slew of parody accounts that seem like verified emerge, together with a pretend George W Bush account that tweets: “I miss killing Iraqis”. Inside days, the service is paused.
Key employees go away firm
Extra high-profile employees give up, together with head of belief and security Yoel Roth and chief safety officer Lea Kissner.
Musk cuts down on contractors
Studies in US media say 1000’s of contractors who had been working for Twitter have had their contracts terminated. Expertise information website Platformer says as many as 80% of its 5,500 contractor workforce have been laid off within the transfer however the firm made no official announcement.
Employees informed: Be hardcore or go away
In a late-night electronic mail to all Twitter employees, Musk says staff should decide to a “hardcore” tradition of working “long hours at high intensity” or go away the corporate.
Firm places of work abruptly closed
In a shock announcement, Twitter says its firm places of work will likely be closed quickly. The transfer comes amid stories that giant numbers of Twitter employees had resigned.
Responding to fears the platform was about to close down attributable to dropping key employees, Musk tweeted: “The best people are staying, so I’m not super worried.”
Twitter Blue relaunched
The paid-for verification function Twitter Blue is relaunched. It’s nonetheless $8 per thirty days – however Twitter cranks it as much as $11 for these utilizing the app on Apple units. Musk says he resents the fee payment Apple expenses on in-app purchases.
Suspensions for location ‘doxxing’
Musk says he’s taking authorized motion in opposition to the holder of the @ElonJet Twitter account that tracks his personal jet, claiming it put his son in danger.
He additionally suspends the accounts of reporters for the New York Instances, CNN and the Washington Publish, amongst others, saying that they had shared his location.
After condemnation from the UN, a risk of sanctions from the European Union, and a Twitter ballot, Musk lifts the suspension for the journalists’ accounts, saying “the people have spoken”. The @ElonJet account stays suspended.
Twitter customers vote for Musk to step down
Twitter customers voted in favour of Musk stepping down as its chief govt after he ran a ballot on his future, promising he would “abide by the results”.
Thousands and thousands voted, with a last whole of 57.5% saying “yes”.