‘Chief Twit’ takes management
Musk completes his $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter, instantly firing various the corporate’s high executives and tweeting “the chicken 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 various inaccuracies about an assault on the husband of US Home of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi by a hammer-wielding intruder. The positioning 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 per 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 can be minting cash!”
Later that day, Musk attended a halloween get together in New York and posed for images carrying a “Satan’s champion” costume.
Criticism over subscription service
Following stories that Twitter will start charging customers to have verified accounts, Musk responds to criticism from writer Stephen King by saying: “We have to pay the payments in some way!”.
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 concerning the layoffs, Musk says “sadly there isn’t a selection when the corporate is shedding over $4M/day”.
Yoel Roth, the pinnacle of belief and security, mentioned 50% of the corporate’s almost 8,000 staff 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 accountability for why everyone seems to be on this scenario: I grew the corporate dimension too rapidly.”
Crackdown on parody accounts
Musk proclaims that Twitter accounts impersonating folks with out being clearly labelled a parody can be completely suspended – a change to the earlier course of when accounts got a warning first.
Various accounts that modified their identify 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 important subscription income, there’s a good probability Twitter is not going to 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 look 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 go away 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
Stories in US media say 1000’s of contractors who had been working for Twitter have had their contracts terminated. Expertise information website Platformer says as many as 80% of its 5,500 contractor workforce had been laid off within the transfer however the firm made no official announcement.
Workers advised: Be hardcore or go away
In a late-night electronic mail to all Twitter workers, Musk says staff should decide to a “hardcore” tradition of working “lengthy hours at excessive depth” or go away the corporate.
Firm workplaces abruptly closed
In a shock announcement, Twitter says its firm workplaces can be closed briefly. The transfer comes amid stories that giant numbers of Twitter workers had resigned.
Responding to fears the platform was about to close down as a result of shedding key workers, Musk tweeted: “One of the best persons are staying, so I’m not tremendous frightened.”
Twitter Blue relaunched
The paid-for verification function 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 prices 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 menace of sanctions from the European Union, and a Twitter ballot, Musk lifts the suspension for the journalists’ accounts, saying “the folks 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 govt after he ran a ballot on his future, promising he would “abide by the outcomes”.
Hundreds of thousands voted, with a last complete of 57.5% saying “sure”.