Elon Musk tells Twitter employees he wants to be involved with the product – Vidak For Congress

In a company-wide Twitter call today, suspected buyer Elon Musk answered questions from “tweeps” for the first time.

Will Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s $44 Billion Offer to Buy Twitter Actually Go Through? Your guess is just as good as mine – but the market downturn means his offerings are a bit steeper than it was initially, leaving him dragging his feet and dwelling on the bots problem. And if the deal goes through, what will his role be? Who knows. But Musk’s Q&A with Twitter employees at least shed some light on where his head is.

According to a New York Times live blog of the 45-minute talk, Musk said he’s not quite sure what his title at the company will be. But above all, he wants to be involved with the product and expects the team to listen to his input on new features. He also added that he is very involved with Tesla and that he would adopt a similar leadership style at Twitter.

As layoffs flooded the tech industry, some Twitter employees asked how the potential Musk acquisition could affect their jobs (questions were passed through Leslie Berland, Twitter’s chief marketing officer).

Again, Musk was vague in his response.

“Right now the costs are higher than the revenues. That’s not a great situation,” he said of possible layoffs. Musk has also warned employees about job losses at Tesla, where he plans to cut the workforce by 10%.

Currently, about a quarter of Twitter employees work from home. But earlier this month, Musk sent Tesla employees an email with the subject line “Just to be clear,” stating that all employees must spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office each week.

“In addition, the office should be where your real colleagues are, not some remote pseudo office,” he wrote.

Musk told Twitter employees that it’s “much better if you’re physically on location,” but exceptional employees may be able to work remotely. This is because running a social media platform is very different from building cars or rockets, which Musk says is “impossible to do remotely”.

“The higher you are, the more visible your presence should be,” he wrote in his message to Tesla employees. He claimed that Tesla would have gone bankrupt if he hadn’t spent time in the factories, where “those on the line could see” [him] work with them.”

As expected, Musk wants to turn Twitter into a private company once the deal is done, saying the platform can be more productive without appeasing activist shareholders.

Still, the acquisition itself is still up in the air — Musk has claimed the deal is “on hold” until Twitter can prove its claims about the number of bots on the platform are legit, and Twitter has handed over its “fire hose” of data. So if he wants to get out of the deal, it won’t be easy.

“Twitter has and will continue to cooperate in sharing information with Mr. Musk to complete the transaction in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement,” Twitter said in a statement to Vidak For Congress last week. “We intend to complete the transaction and enforce the merger agreement at the agreed price and terms.”

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