Elon Musk is now the proud owner of Twitter, and he wasted no time sweeping clean with his new broom.
Musk fired Chief Executive Parag Agrawal and Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal after the deal closed, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The Tesla founder also fired Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top legal and policy executive, and general counsel Sean Edgett.
The world’s richest man previously said in May he would reverse the ban on former President Donald Trump. if he were in charge. The social media platform kicked him off the site in January 2021.
It is unclear if Trump plans to return to the site, which allowed him to speak directly with U.S. citizens bypassing mainstream media, upon Musk’s promised lifting of the ban.
“TRUTH SOCIAL has become somewhat of a phenomena,” Trump declared in a Friday Truth post. “Last week it had bigger numbers than all other platforms, including TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest. It also looks and works better to my eye.”
“I am 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,” the former president continued. “Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It will be much smaller, but better. I LOVE TRUTH!”
Musk, who spent $44 billion to buy Twitter and take the company private indicated he will end the policy of lifetime bans. He does not believe anyone should be removed from the site for life, according to a Bloomberg News report.
Rapper Kanye West’s Twitter account appeared restored by Friday, according to a New York Post report. Musk assumed sole control of the social media app Thursday. The previous management banned Ye for allegedly antisemitic remarks.
Old Twitter did not just ban people for political speech they objected to, management seemed rabid against people who aired different opinions about COVID-19. Among the accounts banned for violating Twitter’s “medical disinformation” policy is Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-GA) who was kicked off Twitter in January.
“We permanently suspended the account you referenced (@mtgreenee) for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” Twitter said in a statement. “We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.”
Although it may be hard to tweet from prison, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon may find his account restored, also. Bannon was Twitter-banned in November 2020 after remarking Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should have their heads on a pike. He made his remark during a “War Room: Pandemic” podcast livestream, according to the Post report.
Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, banned in 2016 for alleged abuse of comedian Leslie Jones, may be able to start more Twitter storms under Musk.
British political commentator Katie Hopkins reacted to the Black Lives Matter movement with posts that Twitter monitors did not care for, so she got the boot in 2020.
“Today is #whiteoutwednesday. I will shortly be posting a picture of my arse,” Hopkins reportedly remarked in a tweet. “Thank you.”
Comments like that, as well as referring to immigrants as “cockroaches” made her persona non grata with the San Francisco social arbiters.
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