The meeting is over and the employees are worried about layoffs
Everyone’s meeting concluded around 1 pm Eastern time.
According to a source, most of the reactions on Twitter’s Slack message board were negative in nature.
Employees said many of their concerns about layoffs, remote work, a reduced focus on content moderation, and inclusion and diversity measures were confirmed.
Employees also sent memes about branding themselves exceptional, according to the source, an apparent reference to Musk’s note that exceptional employees could probably continue to work remotely and wouldn’t have to fear layoffs.
Musk wants Twitter to reach 1 billion daily active users
Success on Twitter would look like a significant increase in daily active users, which could top 1 billion, Musk said, according to one source.
Twitter said in its earnings for the first quarter of 2022 which had 229 million monthly daily active users.
Musk’s definition of success would also include whether Twitter is helping to promote civilization and consciousness, he said.
Musk veers into a discussion about aliens
Musk briefly veered the conversation into a discussion of aliens and human consciousness.
He said he has seen no real evidence of aliens, according to a source.
Musk says he doesn’t mind being CEO
Musk doesn’t mind being the CEO of Twitter, he said, according to a source.
He said he cares about pushing the product in a particular direction, but isn’t too obsessed with titles.
Users should be able to say what they want on Twitter, says Musk
When it comes to legal but potentially harmful speech, Musk told Twitter employees that people should be allowed to say what they want.
But that’s different than Twitter promoting that speech, Musk said, according to the source.
Users have the right to filter content they don’t want to see, he added. Musk said the standard is much more than not offending people, it’s that they are entertained and informed.
Musk reiterated a sentiment he previously expressed online that if 10% of the far left and far right are upset, Twitter is doing the right thing.
Addressing the topic of inclusion and diversity, Musk said the most inclusive thing to do would be to get all humans on Twitter.
He said he believes in strict meritocracy.
Musk Addresses Possible Layoffs On Twitter: Company Needs To Recover
Musk said that the firings on Twitter will depend on their financial situation.
“It depends. The company needs to recover,” Musk said, according to the source. “Right now the costs exceed the income”
Musk said there has to be some streamlining of the workforce or else Twitter won’t be able to grow.
“Anyone who contributes to the significance has nothing to worry about,” he said.
Musk has a strong bias toward working in person
Musk, who recently told his employees at Tesla a return to work in their offices 40 hours a week or resignHe seemed to make a distinction between working remotely at the car company and on Twitter.
“Tesla makes cars, and you can’t make cars remotely,” Musk said, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Musk did not detail what his remote control policy would look like for Twitter employees, saying that if someone is exceptional at their job, remote work is fine, according to the source.
But, Musk said his “bias is strongly towards working in person.”
Musk on how he can build trust with Twitter employees
“If someone is doing useful things, that’s great. If they’re not, I wonder why they’re in the company.”
Elon Musk on freedom of expression
Elon on free speech (paraphrased): People should be able to say whatever they want, but that doesn’t mean Twitter should promote it.
Musk asked why he loves Twitter
Elon when asked why Twitter: “I love Twitter”, “I learn a lot from what I learn on Twitter”. It’s a “great way to get a message across”, “some people use their hair to express themselves, I use Twitter”.
Employees are asking questions.
Employees submitted the questions they care about the most, without promising to answer them, but ranked highest in the categories of workplace policies (i.e. remote work), freedom of expression, Elon-suggested product enhancements, and relationship with employees. –Lauren Feiner