Elon Musk wasted no time on Thursday evening in putting his personal stamp on Twitter. Just moments after finalizing the purchase of all of the company’s outstanding shares of stock for $44 billion, he fired the CEO and at least two top executives. That included the company’s top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, the head of “legal policy, trust, and safety” who personally oversaw the permanent ban of President Donald Trump from the platform last year.
Gadde also played a key role at Twitter with regard to suppressing communications and news articles dealing with Hunter Biden’s infamous abandoned laptop in the days leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
This is one of the very few times I will celebrate someone crying as she loses her job.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) October 28, 2022
Ron DeSantis Rapid Response Director Christina Pushaw posted a tweet on Thursday evening saying it marked “one of the very few times I will celebrate someone crying as she loses her job,”
Musk also sent CEO Parag Agrawal and CFO Ned Segal packing as he initiated steps to bring engineers from his electric vehicle manufacturing firm Tesla in to analyze the coding that operates the social media giant’s software.
As Musk takes control, the attention will turn to what he does to revamp the troubled company that has seen its growth fall off in recent years. There has been speculation in the last week that he may lay off as much as 75% of the current workforce. Musk has made no secret that he believes he overpaid for Twitter but maintains that the acquisition was made for more than simple financial considerations.
Musk fueled some speculation that he plans on driving Twitter’s future growth by creating a “super app” that will accommodate banking, shopping, and work-related communications in addition to traditional social media functions.
Many leftist journalists, pundits, and politicians were immediately distressed by the takeover of Twitter by Musk. Tech writer Taylor Lorenz posted a tweet that said: “It’s like the gates of hell opened on this site tonight.”
Forbes contributor Dave Vetter asked in a post, “After Elon has demolished Twitter, where will you go? Ideas below, please.”
President Donald Trump posted to his platform, Truth Social, on Friday morning that he is “very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country.”