‘Chief Twit’ takes management
Musk completes his $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter, instantly firing quite a lot of the corporate’s high executives and tweeting “the fowl is freed”.
Earlier than formally taking cost of the corporate, Musk modified his Twitter profile to learn “Chief Twit” and turned as much as Twitter HQ in San Francisco carrying a sink, saying: “Let that sink in!”
Platform battles ‘trolling marketing campaign’
After a surge in tweets containing racist language, Twitter’s head of belief and security says: “Hateful conduct has no place right here.” Yoel Roth says the corporate is taking motion towards customers “concerned on this trolling marketing campaign” to make Twitter protected and welcoming for everybody.
Musk shares inaccurate story
Musk tweets an article containing quite a lot of inaccuracies about an assault on the husband of US Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi by a hammer-wielding intruder. The location has a historical past of publishing inaccurate tales and Musk later deletes the tweet after a backlash.
Trump return dismissed – for now
With simply over every week to go earlier than the US midterm elections, Musk responds to questions on whether or not he’ll reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account on Twitter by tweeting: “If I had a greenback for each time somebody requested me if Trump is coming again on this platform, Twitter could be minting cash!”
Later that day, Musk attended a halloween occasion in New York and posed for pictures sporting a “Satan’s champion” costume.
Criticism over subscription service
Following reviews that Twitter will start charging customers to have verified accounts, Musk responds to criticism from creator Stephen King by saying: “We have to pay the payments by some means!”.
Musk strikes to chop workers numbers
Workers on the firm start receiving emails entitled “Your Function at Twitter” informing them whether or not they have misplaced their jobs. Responding to information in regards to the layoffs, Musk says “sadly there isn’t a selection when the corporate is shedding over $4M/day”.
Yoel Roth, the top of belief and security, mentioned 50% of the corporate’s almost 8,000 workers had been laid off however sought to reassure customers and advertisers that the platform’s moderation capability remained intact.
Twitter founder breaks silence
Twitter co-founder and ex-CEO Jack Dorsey breaks his silence over the Musk takeover to apologise to workers who’ve misplaced their jobs, saying: “I personal the duty for why everyone seems to be on this scenario: I grew the corporate measurement too rapidly.”
Crackdown on parody accounts
Musk publicizes that Twitter accounts impersonating individuals with out being clearly labelled a parody will likely be completely suspended – a change to the earlier course of when accounts got a warning first.
A lot of accounts that modified their title to “Elon Musk” and mocked the billionaire had already been suspended or positioned behind a warning signal.
Warnings about Twitter’s survival
In his first electronic mail to Twitter workers, Musk warns that the “financial image forward is dire” and provides: “With out vital subscription income, there’s a good probability Twitter won’t survive the upcoming financial downturn.”
In the meantime, after the launch of the $8-a-month Twitter Blue subscription, which provides paying customers a blue tick, a slew of parody accounts that seem like verified emerge, together with a pretend George W Bush account that tweets: “I miss killing Iraqis”. Inside days, the service is paused.
Key workers depart firm
Extra high-profile workers stop, together with head of belief and security Yoel Roth and chief safety officer Lea Kissner.
Musk cuts down on contractors
Studies in US media say 1000’s of contractors who had been working for Twitter have had their contracts terminated. Expertise information web site Platformer says as many as 80% of its 5,500 contractor workforce have been laid off within the transfer however the firm made no official announcement.
Workers instructed: Be hardcore or depart
In a late-night electronic mail to all Twitter workers, Musk says workers should decide to a “hardcore” tradition of working “lengthy hours at excessive depth” or depart the corporate.
Firm workplaces abruptly closed
In a shock announcement, Twitter says its firm workplaces will likely be closed quickly. The transfer comes amid reviews that enormous numbers of Twitter workers had resigned.
Responding to fears the platform was about to close down attributable to shedding key workers, Musk tweeted: “The perfect persons are staying, so I’m not tremendous fearful.”
Twitter Blue relaunched
The paid-for verification characteristic Twitter Blue is relaunched. It’s nonetheless $8 per thirty days – however Twitter cranks it as much as $11 for these utilizing the app on Apple units. Musk says he resents the fee price Apple costs on in-app purchases.
Suspensions for location ‘doxxing’
Musk says he’s taking authorized motion towards the holder of the @ElonJet Twitter account that tracks his non-public jet, claiming it put his son in danger.
He additionally suspends the accounts of reporters for the New York Occasions, CNN and the Washington Publish, amongst others, saying they’d shared his location.
After condemnation from the UN, a risk of sanctions from the European Union, and a Twitter ballot, Musk lifts the suspension for the journalists’ accounts, saying “the individuals have spoken”. The @ElonJet account stays suspended.
Twitter customers vote for Musk to step down
Twitter customers voted in favour of Musk stepping down as its chief government after he ran a ballot on his future, promising he would “abide by the outcomes”.
Hundreds of thousands voted, with a ultimate whole of 57.5% saying “sure”.