Elon Musk: Twitter customers vote in favour of boss resigning

‘Chief Twit’ takes management

Musk completes his $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter, instantly firing a variety 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 towards customers “involved in this trolling campaign” to make Twitter secure and welcoming for everybody.

Musk shares inaccurate story

Musk tweets an article containing a variety 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!”

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Later that day, Musk attended a halloween social gathering in New York and posed for pictures 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 workers 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 concerning the layoffs, Musk says “unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day”.

Yoel Roth, the top of belief and security, stated 50% of the corporate’s practically 8,000 workers 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 workers 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 declares that Twitter accounts impersonating folks with out being clearly labelled a parody can be completely suspended – a change to the earlier course of when accounts got a warning first.

Quite a few accounts that modified their identify 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 workers, 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 workers go away firm

Extra high-profile workers stop, together with head of belief and security Yoel Roth and chief safety officer Lea Kissner.

Musk cuts down on contractors

Stories in US media say 1000’s of contractors who had been working for Twitter have had their contracts terminated. Expertise information web site 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 workers, Musk says workers 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 can be closed quickly. The transfer comes amid stories that giant numbers of Twitter workers had resigned.

Responding to fears the platform was about to close down because of shedding key workers, 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 prices on in-app purchases.

Suspensions for location ‘doxxing’

Musk says he takes authorized motion towards 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 Put up, amongst others, saying that they had shared his location.

After condemnation from the UN, a menace 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 government after he ran a ballot on his future, promising he would “abide by the results”.

Hundreds of thousands voted, with a closing whole of 57.5% saying “yes”.