After taking control of Twitter, Musk publicly criticized Gadde, the company’s general counsel, in a series of tweets. With that. A wave of harassment of Gadda from other accounts on the platform followed, including racist and misogynistic attacks, as well as calls for Musk to get rid of her. After she was fired, the harassment on the platform started again.
Mexico City, October 29 (However).– After Elon Musk took control of Twitter, it started by cutting the company’s management: Parag AgrawalCEO of Twitter; Ned Segalfinancial director; Sean Edgettgeneral counsel and Vijay Gaddalegal manager of the company.
According to information from close sources who were in the Twitter offices at the time, he too director Tesla y Space X assumed command, Gadde, appointed by Jack Dorsey in order to control misinformation, he overrode the Twitter ban on the former US president’s personal account Donald Trumpand accused Twitter of not exercising freedom of expression.
The firing of Gadde shows one of the first moves Musk is expected to make, which is the regression of all those accounts that have been removed from the platform at some point. According to the strategy of the tycoon, this will give freedom of expression on the social network.
the bird is freed
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
Pictures circulating online show several Twitter staff members, including Vijaya Gadde, minutes before she was fired.
According to information, one of the first measures it would take would be to enable the accounts of users that have been permanently suspended, including that of the former US president, who was blocked by Twitter – but also Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. access to the social network after the publication of a series of inflammatory messages during the attack on the Capitol, January 6, 2021.
By closing this purchase, Musk assures that he has “freed the bird,” in reference to the social network’s logo, thus fulfilling the main reason he wanted to buy Twitter: promoting freedom of expression.
Very sharp pictures 😅 in which we can see Vijay Gadde, director of legal policy of Twitter, who made the decision to permanently suspend the account of Donald Trump, minutes before the dismissal… pic.twitter.com/EAAVNzT4Vo
— MΛRC VIDΛL (@marcvidal) October 28, 2022
The tycoon has recently been very critical of the platform’s moderation policy. At the beginning of the year, he launched a poll for his followers, reminding them that “freedom of expression is essential to a functioning democracy” and asking if they thought Twitter was “rigorously” adhering to that principle.
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Musk strolled into the company’s San Francisco headquarters with a porcelain sink, changed his Twitter profile to “Chief Twit” and tweeted, “Enter Twitter HQ, let him assimilate!” On Thursday night, he tweeted, “the bird has been released,” a reference to the Twitter logo.
On the same day, people familiar with the deal said Musk fired CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and general counsel Vijay Gadde. Both insisted on anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the work. Segal confirmed his departure in a series of tweets on Friday.
To be clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies https://t.co/k4guTsXOIu
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 29, 2022
Musk clashed privately with Agrawal in April, just before he decided to make a bid for the company, according to text messages later revealed in court documents.
Around the same time, he publicly criticized Gadde, the company’s general counsel, in a series of tweets. A wave of harassment of Gadda from other Twitter accounts followed, including racist and misogynistic attacks, as well as calls for Musk to get rid of her. After she was fired, the harassment on the platform started again.
In his first major move on Thursday, Musk said he was buying the platform to help humanity and didn’t want it to turn into “hell for everyone.”
WHO IS VIJAYA GADDE?
Before working for Twitter, Vijaya Gadde was part of Silicon Valley at the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and then became a senior director of the technical legal department at the same firm.
Although her fame rose after Trump’s Twitter veto, Gadde was named by Fortune magazine as the most powerful woman on the social network in 2014.
According to her Linkedin profile, Vijaya Gadde joined Twitter in August 2011 as a general counsel, but later became the company’s chief legal officer and general counsel. At the time of this change, he announced the hiring of a researcher on the platform who will study speech health on it.
Thank you Prime Minister @JacindaArdern for a great conversation today. I look forward to continuing to work with you on critical technology and security issues as part of Twitter’s ongoing commitment #ChristchurchCall pic.twitter.com/4R3hA1YHsI
— Vijaya Gadde (@vijaya) May 28, 2022
Before meeting with Trump in 2019, she and then-Twitter chief Jack Dorsey were interviewed by reporter Tim Pool to discuss allegations that Twitter engaged in censorship of free speech and that “there was a social and political bias.
Now, in 2022, some Twitter users are talking about the firing of Vijaya Gadde, and they say it is entirely related to one account: the suspension of Trump’s activity on the platform.