On Thursday, Elon Musk made an ‘all hands’ call to thousands of Twitter employees and answered questions that were moderated by Twitter CMO, Leslie Berland. That call was leaked to Project Veritas, which subsequently published it.
It’s absolutely refreshing to hear a Big Tech CEO talk about respecting Americans’ opinions, even if they diverge from those of the social media company’s employees. Watch:
“I think it’s essential to have free speech,” Musk said. He added that “multiple opinions” should exist on Twitter to “make sure that we’re not sort of driving a narrative.”
Musk was asked about several topics, including his political leanings, his plans for layoffs, and the overall direction of the company.
Musk described his political views as “moderate.” He added that while he traditionally has voted Democrat, he recently voted Republican this week for the first time in his life. Musk said he cast his vote for Texas Congressional Candidate Mayra Flores, who flipped a seat held by Democrats for over 100 years.
The tech entrepreneuer added that he believes that most of the world favors moderate politics, but that the far right and left should have the freedom to vent their frustrations on Twitter.
Musk criticized the major news media as “negative” and pointed out that they “almost never” get the story right. He insisted that Twitter’s issues, such as bots, spam, and multi-account users, must be contained.
“I think an important goal for Twitter would be to try to include as, as much of the country, as much of the world as possible,” Musk said.
Musk remarked that he’s “not hung up on titles,” but he wants to be the force behind the change at Twitter.
The leaked video of the Twitter call is encouraging for Americans who want to discuss news and current events happening in their nation without Big Tech manipulation or censorship of their digital forum of choice.
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