Elon Musk has dissolved Twitter’s board of directors and appointed himself the company’s “sole director,” according to a Monday securities filing. The board included nine directors.
Immediately after completing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on Thursday, Musk fired several senior executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal.
Elon Musk has finally acquired Twitter and taking a sharp and swift axe to the company. Musk announced plans to reverse the lifetime bans for Twitter users who had previously been kicked off the platform under Twitter’s previous violations of the First Amendment.
Musk took over Twitter late Thursday, and immediately fired CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, senior legal representative Vijaya Gadde, and general counsel Sean Edgett, the Washington Post reported.
Earlier this week Twitter employees banned together to protest Musk’s plans to fire or replace nearly 75% of the staff; but to no avail. Musk fired major executives and intends to replace CEO Parag Agrawal temporarily with himself until he finds a permanent replacement, a source told Bloomberg.
Twitter workers created an open letter, obtained by Time, demanding that Musk not get rid of anyone and not discriminate against them on the basis of political views.
Oh the irony, the staff asked to be treated completely opposite of how they ran the company:
“We demand to be treated with dignity, and to not be treated as mere pawns in a game played by billionaires,” it read. “A threat of this magnitude is reckless, undermines our users’ and customers’ trust in our platform, and is a transparent act of worker intimidation.”
Despite the worry from Twitter employees, Musk has maintained faithful to his reason and purpose behind purchasing the giant company. Musk tweeted his motivations on Thursday, just before he fully acquired Twitter:
“The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence,” Musk wrote.
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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 27, 2022
Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House
Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.
Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.
Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.
National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.
In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.
Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.
THE AMAZON FILES – “feeling pressure from the White House”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 5, 2024
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