Following the acquisition of Twitter by tycoon Elon Musk, Project Veritas released recent audio of top Twitter executives and Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s reactions to the end of the censorship policy in a meeting that lasted about 45 minutes over a phone call, Project Veritas reported.
As it transpired, Twitter employees asked board member Bret Taylor and CEO Parag Agrawal about the company’s direction and Musk’s motives for buying the social networking platform.
“I also want to acknowledge all the emotions today. It’s an emotional day. I want to acknowledge that,” Taylor said. “By law, we are required to act in the best interest of our shareholders,” he added while justifying the company’s sale.
“It’s important to acknowledge that all of you have many different feelings about what is happening,” Agrawal said.
“Many of you are concerned, some of you excited, many people here are waiting to understand how this goes and have an open mind,” Taylor continued.
Agrawal attempted to calm employees’ fears of the censorship policy change by saying the company’s “content moderation” policy is “fundamental to keeping Twitter safe and growing.”
Agrawal said, “We will find a way for Elon to talk to all of you as soon as possible…. As you’ve heard from all of us, we don’t have all the answers.”
After Musk’s acquisition, Taylor told Twitter’s board that it would dissolve when the company went private, The New York Times.
Employees were underwhelmed because it would change Twitter’s operations, including its policies to moderate tweets. On Monday, Musk said he would focus on “new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots and authenticating all humans.”
Agrawal told employees that they should continue to work on their current projects, that he would try to get Musk to entertain their questions, and that he would continue to work alongside them.
According to Politico, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top lawyer and the executive responsible for ousting former President Donald Trump and maintaining censorship, expressed concern about the platform’s future, even crying during the meeting.
According to Daily Mail, Saagar Enjeti, the host of a conservative YouTube show, tweeted a link to Politico’s report about Gadde’s tears, “Vijaya Gadde, the top censorship advocate at Twitter who famously gaslit the world on Joe Rogan’s podcast and censored the Hunter Biden laptop story, is very upset about the @elonmusk takeover.”
Musk responded to Enjeti by tweeting, “Suspending a major news organization’s Twitter account for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate,” according to Reason.
Project Veritas, the media outlet that leaked the recent audio also suffered censorship from the social network and was suspended. The suspension came after a video showing their journalist Christian Hartsock approaching Facebook executive Guy Rosen. Following the incident, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe was also banned from Twitter in the same week he launched a series of reports, Fox News reported.