Elon Musk splits Twitter employees: “Daddy” or “racist demagogue”?

Some Twitter staffers are upset about Elon Musk becoming the company’s largest shareholder and joining its board – while others are grateful that “Daddy Elon” has increased their stock options and hope he’ll ease the moderation rules for “awakened” content loosens.

One Twitter contributor this week changed her name on the site to “Elon Musk is a racist demagogue with a God complex,” while another wrote that Musk’s addition to the company “took the wind out of me and my sails.”

“So disappointed,” Twitter data scientist Brian Waismeyer wrote Tuesday in response to Musk. “It was never a perfect platform or a fully compelling lead, but I found the overall direction and space given to reassurance to be encouraging. What a big step in the wrong direction.”

But on Blind, an anonymous corporate forum with verified members, many Twitter employees celebrated Musk’s entry into the company.

“Twitter needs to stop this whole wake cancel culture crap,” wrote one Twitter contributor. “Let’s go, Daddy Elon!”

In response to a post asking if Twitter employees are concerned about Musk’s “values,” another Twitter employee wrote, “You mean maybe Elon has someone else [sic] Vision for us as an extreme left censorship platform?”

Twitter’s shares are up about 30% since Musk’s stake in the company was announced.
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Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In another blind thread asking if any Twitter employees plan to quit in response to Musk, one employee wrote, “Of the people who are upset, which seems to be a minority, most of them are up the non-tech side of the house. ”

“It’s just a vocal minority,” said another Twitter contributor. “Most people I’ve spoken to are happy the stock price has gone up.”

Twitter shares are up about 30% since Musk’s stake in the company was announced, though they’re still down more than 26% over the past year.

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“Most people I’ve spoken to are happy the stock price has gone up,” a Twitter rep wrote in response to Musk becoming a shareholder and board member.
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“Why are we going?” said a Twitter employee. “One board member is not going to change our overall relaxation [work-life balance]and Elon just inflates our stock vests.”

At tech companies like Twitter, employees often get a mix of cash and stock options.

When employees jump in while a company’s stock is skyrocketing, they have fewer options. At Meta, for example, some employees who came on near the company’s all-time high last year are now more than 40% underwater and looking to quit.

A Twitter employee predicted a similar situation if Elon Musk leaves the company.

“If anything, it’s going to suck for people to join during the Elon era because their seed capital will drop like a rock when it collapses,” the clerk said. Elon Musk splits Twitter employees: “Daddy” or “racist demagogue”?


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