I told you that the most entertaining part of Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter would be the employee reactions, and the entertainment is really starting to roll in now.
Politico has a new report about Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top lawyer and “moral authority.” Upon receiving the news of Musk finalizing his takeover of the social media company, Gadde reportedly started crying, expressing concerns over “how the company could change.”
Twitter’s top lawyer Vijaya Gadde cried during meeting about Musk takeover……https://t.co/jIrm20b5Xj pic.twitter.com/irJxP7LGoj
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) April 26, 2022
Shortly after billionaire Elon Musk bought the powerful social media platform, top Twitter lawyer Vijaya Gadde called a virtual meeting with the policy and legal teams she oversees to discuss what the new ownership could mean for them.
Gadde cried during the meeting as she expressed concerns about how the company could change, according to three people familiar with the meeting. She acknowledged that there are significant uncertainties about what the company will look like under Musk’s leadership…
…She has shepherded Twitter through some of its most contentious political battles, including the decisions to remove all political advertising and to boot former President Donald Trump from the platform in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill — a position that has earned her devoted fans within Twitter, as well as a large contingent of right-wing critics.
Look, I’m not one to ever take delight in people who are truly suffering, but that’s not what is happening here. Musk buying Twitter is not an emotionally traumatic event. Those treating it as such are showing themselves to be incredibly emotionally unstable, to the point where they never should have held the jobs they have in the first place. I’m sure Gadde is a perfectly nice woman in person, but it is not normal to act like this because her new boss might (gasp!) not allow politically biased moderation anymore.
But Gadde has shown herself to be a true believer when it comes to leftwing orthodoxy surrounding speech. She and her department made the decision to ban Donald Trump from the platform. They also were behind the decision to ban The New York Post and censor its completely true stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop prior to the 2020 election.
“I’m often inspired by the vigorous debates on controversial issues that occur on Twitter, but I’ve also been seriously troubled by the plight of some of our users who are completely overwhelmed by those who are trying to silence healthy discourse in the name of free expression,” Gadde wrote in a 2015 Washington Post op-ed. “At times, this takes the form of hateful speech in tweets directed at women or minority groups; at others, it takes the form of threats aimed to intimidate those who take a stand on issues.”
Gadde holds one of the most controversial positions at Twitter: Her teams decide how to moderate content. That’s made her a target of right-wing criticism, particularly when Twitter blocked the distribution of a New York Post article about President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, in 2020. She faced a renewed wave of criticism after multiple reports confirmed she was behind the decision to ban Trump from Twitter.
Here’s some advice for Musk: Fire this woman immediately.
Seriously, I would not allow her to spend another day employed by Twitter. She has shown herself to be completely at odds with the vision of free speech that Musk has asserted is the motivation for his acquisition of the company. To allow her to stay in place would be an act of self-sabotage. She will stab Musk in the back the moment she gets the chance.
Further, every single person working in her department must go as well. You can’t leave any stone left unturned during this transition, but that’s especially true when dealing with the partisan hacks who have previously been moderating content on Twitter. None of them are redeemable because they were all willing participants in the censorship regime that has long targeted anyone who expresses a viewpoint that embarrasses the left.
The only way for Twitter to truly transform into a bastion of free speech and unbiased moderation is to clean house. I can’t imagine Musk doesn’t know that, and I expect some big purges to begin shortly. I’d suggest every current employee work on getting their resume in order.
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