(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:
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
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos had backed Musk’s idea.
April 10, 2022 Twitter CEO Agrawal shared a note https://twitter.com/paraga/status/1513354622466867201
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 https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1512946176244473863,
“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
April 5, 2022 Agrawal tweeted https://twitter.com/paraga/status/1511320953598357505?s=21&t=Is9i_R_hPKzFuUV5VhxUZQ
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 https://twitter.com/jack/status/1511329369473564677?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1511329369473564677%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Feconomictimes.indiatimes.com%2Fmagazines%2Fpanache%2Fto-celebrate-memelord-elon-musks-twitter-board-entry-netizens-flood-the-internet-with-jokes%2Farticleshow%2F90687616.cms,
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)