Elon Musk is poised to take over Twitter’s worldwide messaging platform, Twitter revealed on Thursday that two top executives are leaving the company and that most hiring has been put on hold.
In addition to Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s general manager for research, design, and engineering, Bruce Falck is departing the company, AFP reports.
San Francisco-based tech company claims that Beykpour was fired.
A tweet from Beykpour, who is on paternity leave, reads: “The fact is that this isn’t how and when I envisaged leaving Twitter, and this wasn’t my decision,” he wrote.
“After letting me know that he wants to take the team in a different route,” he wrote, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, “asked me to depart.”
Twitter has also announced that it will stop hiring for all positions save those that are crucial to the company’s operations as of this week.
Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a $44 billion proposal to acquire Twitter, which still needs shareholder and regulatory approval.
The buyout is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022, with SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk taking the reins for the time being.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has publicly stated that he would lift the ban imposed on Donald Trump by Twitter, arguing that the move “alienated a huge portion of the country.”
After Musk endorsed Trump’s comeback, some activists feared he would “open the floodgates of hate” by doing so.
When asked whether he would return to Twitter, Trump indicated publicly that he would remain with his own social network, Truth Social.
After Trump’s supporters, enraged by his tweets and speeches alleging election fraud, attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in a deadly attempt to prevent Joe Biden from being certified as the winner of the presidential election two months earlier, Trump was kicked off Twitter and other online platforms.
A permanent Twitter ban should only be issued to spam, fraud, or software “bots” accounts according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
A number of advocacy groups have urged Twitter advertisers to abandon the service if it allows for the spread of slanderous and misinformed content under the ownership of Elon Musk.
Since Musk expressed his disapproval of the content moderation she had carried out, the future of Twitter’s top attorney, considered a moral defender of the company, has been in doubt.
Lawyer Vijaya Gadde has spearheaded efforts to combat bullying and posts that could result in real-world violence, such as the riots that broke out in Washington, DC, last year.
She had a hand in the decision to ban Trump, as well as the removal of political advertising from the app.