Twitter confirmed on Thursday that two senior executives are heading towards the exit and most hiring has been suspended as Elon Musk looks set to become the new owner of the global messaging platform.
Kayvon Beykpour, a general manager who oversees research, design and engineering at Twitter, is leaving the company along with product manager Bruce Falck, a Twitter spokesman told AFP.
However, Beykpour said he was ousted from the San Francisco-based tech company.
“The truth is that I didn’t envision leaving Twitter and it wasn’t my decision,” Beykpour, who is on paternity leave, said in a tweet.
Twitter boss Parag Agrawal “asked me to leave after letting me know he wants to take the team in a different direction,” he added.
Twitter also confirmed that it is pausing all hiring except mission-critical positions starting this week.
Musk’s $44 billion deal to buy Twitter was announced last month but still needs shareholder and regulatory backing.
The acquisition is expected to close later in 2022, with Musk – who runs space exploration company SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla – stepping in as boss, at least for a short time.
Musk is on record saying he would lift the ban on Twitter imposed on Donald Trump, claiming that kicking the former US president off the platform “alienated a large part of the country.”
Musk’s endorsement of Trump’s return sparked fears among activists that Musk was “opening the floodgates of hate.”
Trump has publicly stated that he would not return to Twitter if allowed, instead sticking to his own social network, Truth Social, which has not gained traction.
Trump was booted from Twitter and other online platforms after supporters, cheered on by his tweets and speeches alleging voter fraud, attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 to prevent Joe Biden from winning the second presidential election months earlier to be confirmed.
Musk argued that permanent bans on Twitter should be rare and reserved for accounts that are spammy, fraudulent, or run by software “bots.”
Activist groups have urged Twitter advertisers to boycott the service if it opens the door to abusive and misinformative posts owned by Musk.
The fate of Twitter’s top lawyer, who is seen as the platform’s moral advocate, has been in doubt since Musk tweeted her displeasure at the content moderation she was carrying out.
Attorney Vijaya Gadde has led efforts to combat bullying and posting that could cause real harm, such as: B. the riots in the US Capitol.
She was involved in the decision to ban Trump and others, including removing political ads from the app.
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