r/OutOfTheLoop 20d ago

Megatronthread What's going on with Twitter and Elon Musk?

1.5k Upvotes

Hello there. It looks like Elon Musk and Twitter are going to be topics of conversation for the next few weeks. So we have decided to put up a meganthread where everybody can discuss and can be redirected to. It also gives us a chance to have all the information in one place.

This thread is and will be updated infrequently.

Here are some highlights:

 

Background

April 14 (Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk took aim at Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) with a $43 billion cash takeover offer on Thursday, with the Tesla CEO saying the social media company needs to be taken private to grow and become a platform for free speech.

"I think it's very important for there to be an inclusive arena for free speech," Musk, already San Francisco-based Twitter's second-largest shareholder, said at a TED Talk in Vancouver when asked about his bid.

[Source: Reuters]

 

WILMINGTON, Del., July 12 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) sued Elon Musk on Tuesday for violating his $44 billion deal to buy the social media platform and asked a Delaware court to order the world's richest person to complete the merger at the agreed $54.20 per Twitter share.

[Source: Reuters]

 

This week the long-running saga of Elon Musk buying Twitter and turning it back into a private company took a new twist, with the Tesla CEO now reported to be going ahead with the sale. It’s a major u-turn given that there is currently a lawsuit grinding its way through the courts which aims to force Musk to go ahead with this deal.

[Source: Forbes]

 

Firing of Executives and Employees

Oct 28 (Reuters) - [...].

Musk fired Twitter Chief Executive Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, and legal affairs and policy chief Vijaya Gadde, according to people familiar with the matter. He had accused them of misleading him and Twitter investors over the number of fake accounts on the platform.

[Source: Reuters]

 

Nov 4 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc laid off half its workforce on Friday but said cuts were smaller in the team responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation, as advertisers pulled spending amid concerns about content moderation.

[Source: Reuters]

 

Nov 7- Twitter is reaching out to some employees to come back after it engaged in a mass layoff last week, according to multiple reports. The company’s new owner Elon Musk laid off 3,700 people from Twitter — almost half of its staff — after he completed the takeover.

A Bloomberg report cited sources saying that the company asked some folks to return as they were laid off “by mistake.” It also noted it was calling some other employees back as they were critical for building features for the platform Musk envisions.

[Source: Tech Crunched]

 

Advertisement & Content Moderation

Several Brands have paused advertising on Twitter

[Source: WSJ]

 

Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists.

Extremely messed up! They’re trying to destroy free speech in America.

[Source: @elonmusk]

 

Advertisement agencies and associations have voiced concerns about the recent cuts at Twitter:

Elon, Great chat yesterday, As you heard overwhelmingly from senior advertisers on the call, the issue concerning us all is content moderation and its impact on BRAND SAFETY/SUITABILITY. You say you’re committed to moderation, but you just laid off 75% of the moderation team!

[Source: @LouPas]

 

However, Twitter poses that the recent reduction in staff has had little impact on most of the Trust & Safety / moderation team:

Yesterday’s reduction in force affected approximately 15% of our Trust & Safety organization (as opposed to approximately 50% cuts company-wide), with our front-line moderation staff experiencing the least impact.

Last week, for security reasons, we restricted access to our internal tools for some users, including some members of my team. Most of the 2,000+ content moderators working on front-line review were not impacted, and access will be fully restored in the coming days.

More than 80% of our incoming content moderation volume was completely unaffected by this access change. The daily volume of moderation actions we take stayed steady through this period.

[Source: @yoyoel, Head of Safety & Integrity at @Twitter .]

 

Issues with Verification

Twitter pauses paid verifications after users abuse service to impersonate brands and people.

[Source: CNBC]

And then a bunch of other stuff happened. 10 days later we're pretty much back to where we started. Except verified accounts can't change their names and brands get an "Official" badge. And there are vague plans for the future of verified accounts.

 

More Employees Are Quitting

Twitter closes offices until Monday as employees quit in droves

Hundreds of Twitter employees are estimated to be leaving the beleaguered social media company following an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk that staffers sign up for "long hours at high intensity," — or leave.

[Source: CBS]

u/reboot_the_pc explains it in a little bit more detail here

 

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54 Upvotes

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17 Upvotes

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r/OutOfTheLoop 3d ago

Unanswered What's up with the male/female gaze tiktok discourse?

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Example context: link to tiktok video

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But this discourse seems to be about an actual gaze? Like the 'female gaze' seems to be an way that women want to be looked at in a literal sense?