Twitter employees uneasy about Elon Musk buyout

Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter

Elon Musk and Twitter

Many of Twitter employees are on edge—and have been for weeks over the buyout of the social media platform, by Elon Musk, the world’s richest man.

“In need of a stiff drink,” one current employee tweeted on Monday, following news that the company had accepted Musk’s roughly $44 billion offer.

“$50 [billion] spent on a social media site when people are starving to death,” added another.

The comments on Blind, an anonymous social media site, have been even more pointed, reports Daily Beast.

“Musk is dishonest, clueless and mentally ill,” wrote one user, whose account was verified with an active Twitter email address, a Blind spokesperson confirmed.

Another employee took aim at the billionaire’s supporters inside the company’s ranks: “Elon fan boys are braindead mouth breathers and we have a bunch of them at Twitter for the record. Can’t wait [until] he lays half of us off.”

Some more measured critiques questioned whether Musk could devote sufficient attention to the platform, considering his existing workload at Tesla, SpaceX, the Boring Company tunneling project, the brain-implant maker Neuralink, a growing family, and other projects.

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“Why does anyone think that having a CEO run multiple companies is a good thing for [T]witter?” one employee commented.

“[Former CEO Jack Dorsey] did this and caught tons of heat for it. It’s not going to be different for Elon.” (It’s not yet known what role Musk will take at the business, or what will happen to its existing leadership team.)

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

Though tensions are high, employees’ opinions on the billionaire appear split.

As The New York Times previously reported, an informal poll of roughly 200 employees on Blind found that 27 percent hated Musk, 27 percent loved him, and 44 percent were neutral.

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