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Twitter co-founder says Elon Musk is not the right person to own Twitter and has undone positive changes

Gregory Robinson

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Twitter co-founder says Elon Musk is not the right person to own Twitter and has undone positive changes

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The criticism about Twitter's Elon Musk era continues as the platform's cofounder, Biz Stone, has weighed in on the changes made since the takeover.

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Adding more salt to the wound, the American entrepreneur even said the Tesla CEO 'doesn’t seem like' the right person to be in charge of the social media site.

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Stone believes that Musk has reversed some of the positive changes that were made to the platform prior to his acquisition in October 2022.

Speaking with The Guardian, Stone said he made lots of advancements in morale and supervisor content when he re-joined Twitter in 2017.

“We made a lot of improvements in those areas,” he said. “And that’s all gone now.”

"Musk ‘doesn’t seem like’ the right person to own Twitter, ‘but I could be wrong’." he pondered.

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Stone, who co-founded Twitter in 2006 with Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass and Evan Williams, also explained how running a social media company is ‘not really a win-win situation… it’s always tough’ because ’50 percent of the people are gonna be happy, 50 percent of people are gonna be upset with you’.

Biz Stone co-founded Twitter in 2006. Credit: Brett Gundlock / Alamy Stock Photo
Biz Stone co-founded Twitter in 2006. Credit: Brett Gundlock / Alamy Stock Photo

He continued: “You have to be OK with stuff that you just don’t like or don’t agree with being on there.

“Otherwise, you should just go buy a magazine or a newspaper or something where it’s OK to have a specific leaning.”

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Musk’s tenure as ‘chief twit’ has almost constantly come under fire, from users of the platform to employees.

The billionaire was recently criticised for reinstating previously banned accounts, such as former US president Donald Trump and self-proclaimed misogynist Andrew Tate.

Twitter users also shared their dissatisfaction with Musk after he posted a poll asking the world whether he should step down as CEO.

Although millions voted for him to step down as the head of Twitter, the billionaire reckons it'll be tough to replace him.

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There were 57.5 percent respondents who opted for the SpaceX founder to step aside.

And there were more than 17 million votes from Twitter users, while the post itself also racked up hundreds of thousands of retweets and likes.

The Elon Musk Twitter era has been filled with controversy. Credit: AC NewsPhoto / Alamy Stock Photo
The Elon Musk Twitter era has been filled with controversy. Credit: AC NewsPhoto / Alamy Stock Photo

In December, he tweeted: "I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software and servers teams."

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Back in November, Musk’s huge shakeup behind the scenes at Twitter led to him giving staff an ultimatum – telling them to either agree to conform to his rules of ‘insane productivity’ or get out.

Employees were told to respond 'yes' on a Google form to stay on for what the new company head dubbed 'Twitter 2.0'.

“Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore,” Musk told his workforce in an email.

In the wake of the divisive demand, many Twitter workers simply accepted that it was their time bid farewell, with messages beginning to flood the company’s internal Slack boards, while others took to social media to announce their decision to leave.

Topics: News, Twitter, Elon Musk

Gregory Robinson
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