Musk keeps up tweets torrent on Twitter transformation as largest shareholder

by | Apr 11, 2022 | Business, Technology, US

(Reuters) -On the weekend Elon Musk was expected to join Twitter’s board, the billionaire tweeted to his about 81 million followers ideas and changes he wanted to bring to the micro-blogging platform and deleted a few of those tweets hours after rejecting the seat.

The week-long drama started when Musk disclosed a 9.1% stake in Twitter on April 4 and later said he would take a board seat. But, becoming a director would have prevented Musk from becoming a beneficial owner of more than 14.9% of Twitter’s common stock.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, its co-founder Jack Dorsey and Musk have tweeted their way through agreements, plans and congratulatory messages since the disclosure.

Here are some tweets Musk published and erased after disclosing his stake:

Date Tweet

April 10, 2022 Musk polled followers on Twitter asking whether the

company’s headquarters in San Francisco should be

converted into a homeless shelter. The tweet is now

deleted. founder Jeff Bezos had backed Musk’s idea.

April 10, 2022 Twitter CEO Agrawal shared a note

on Twitter saying that Musk rejected the company’s offer

to join its board. Musk deleted the tweet, where he

responded with an emoticon with a


April 10, 2022 Musk started a poll asking if “w” should be deleted from

Twitter’s name, leaving two voting options, “yes” and “of

course.” He deleted that too.

April 9, 2022 With respect to Twitter’s business model, Musk tweeted

before deleting it: “And no ads. The power of corporations

to dictate policy is greatly enhanced if Twitter depends

on advertising money to survive.”

April 9, 2022 Musk tweeted,

“Everyone who signs up for Twitter Blue (ie pays

$3/month) should get an authentication checkmark” about

its subscription service that offers “exclusive access to

premium features” on a monthly basis. Later, he deleted

the tweet.

April 5, 2022 Agrawal tweeted

Musk is being appointed to Twitter’s board. “He’s both a

passionate believer and intense critic of the service

which is exactly what we need on

@Twitter, and in the boardroom, to make us stronger in the

long-term”, a follow-on tweet said.

April 5, 2022 Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey welcomed Musk to Twitter’s board

in a tweet,

added: “Parag and Elon both lead with their hearts, and

they will be an incredible team.”

April 4, 2022 Musk posted a Twitter poll asking users if they wanted an

edit button. “Do you want an edit button?” Musk asked in

the tweet, in response to which Agrawal said the

consequences of the poll will be important. “Please vote

carefully,” he tweeted.

April 4, 2022 In his first tweet since the disclosure of his stake in

Twitter, he said, “Oh hi lol”

March 26, 2022 Musk said Twitter failing to adhere to free speech

principles fundamentally undermines democracy and asked if

a new platform was needed.

(Reporting by Akash Sriram, Eva Mathews, Chavi Mehta, Tiyashi Datta and Yuvraj Malik in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)




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