A high-ranking Twitter executive shed tears during a meeting about billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s purchase of the social media platform, according to a new report.
On Monday, Twitter said it had reached an agreement for Musk to buy the platform for $44 billion, CNN reported. While many free speech advocates have hailed Musk’s decision as a good news for free expression, plenty of leftists have claimed that under Musk’s ownership, Twitter will become a haven for “hate speech.”
According to Politico, Monday was an emotional day for Twitter employees who pondered what comes next. The social media platform’s top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, reportedly even cried during a meeting about the ramifications of the new leadership.
“Gadde cried during the meeting as she expressed concerns about how the company could change, according to three people familiar with the meeting,” the outlet said. “She acknowledged that there are significant uncertainties about what the company will look like under Musk’s leadership.
“Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy said Gadde became emotional when discussing her team’s impact and the pride she feels in them,” Politico added.
So who exactly is Gadde? While she’s not a household name, she’s played an important role at the company for years as “the key executive charged with overseeing Twitter’s trust and safety, legal and public policy functions,” Politico said.
The liberal-leaning executive was reportedly heavily involved in Twitter’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump from the platform last year, as well as its decision to block distribution of an October 2020 New York Post story that brought new information to light about the foreign business dealings of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
On Tuesday, Musk took to Twitter to criticize the platform for censoring the now-infamous Hunter Biden story.
“Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate,” Musk tweeted.
Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2022
That tweet may have drawn the ire of The Washington Post, which published a story Wednesday claiming that “The targeting of employees by Musk’s massive Twitter megaphone is a major concern for workers.”
But Musk, for his part, has maintained that he simply wants Twitter not to take sides when it comes to politics.
For Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral, which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left equally
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2022
“For Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral,” he tweeted Wednesday.