Twitter employees – Elon Musk has spoken to Twitter employees for the first time. The billionaire made a bid of 44 billion dollars (41.8 billion euros) for the platform in April, which was accepted by the Twitter board. Meanwhile, the acquisition is on pause, due to disagreement about the number of bots and fake accounts on the platform. Musk could not tell employees whether the deal will go through at all.
However, Musk said that he is still investigating the number of bots and fake accounts on Twitter. The platform called this problem his “biggest concern”, writes Reuters. In early May, Musk questioned a message from Twitter that less than 5 percent of the platform’s daily users are spam accounts. According to Musk, it is more about 20 percent.
Until there is clarity about the exact number, the acquisition is on pause, the billionaire announced. More than a week ago, Twitter gave Musk access to all information about the amount of fake and spam accounts on the platform, but that does not seem to have been a decisive factor.
Possible dismissal round at Twitter
In the conversation with the employees, Musk said Thursday that he wants to take tougher action against bots and spam. “It has to be much harder to set up a troll army,” he said. He also said that people on Twitter should be able to say ridiculous things, as long as they stay within the limits of the law. In addition, he said that the reach of messages with harmful content should be inhibited.
Under his leadership, Twitter should grow to a billion users, Musk said. At the moment, the platform has 229 million. Exactly how he wants to reach that number is not clear.
Although Musk previously said he wanted to see fewer ads on Twitter, he did mention advertisements in the conversation with employees important. “I’m not against ads. But I would probably say to advertisers: make the ads as entertaining as possible.”
Elon Musk does not give Twitter employees an update on the status of the acquisition
Musk also hinted at a possible reorganization of the company. According to him, something has to be done, because the expenses are now higher than the income. “Anyone who makes an important contribution has nothing to worry about.”