Twitter Exec Accuses Elon Musk Of Misogyny Following Lawyer Comments
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Elon Musk has been accused of misogynistic behaviour by Twitter's global head of partners, Lara Cohen.
She has voiced her anger over Musk's attacks on one of Twitter's top lawyers and the chief marketing officer, who both happen to be women.
Cohen tweeted: "Color me shocked SHOCKED that people are coming for two of our prominent female executives on day 1 of this thing."
Color me shocked SHOCKED that people are coming for two of our prominent female executives on day 1 of this thing. 🙄— Lara Cohen 💅🏼 (@Larakate) April 27, 2022
The world's richest man took aim at the firm's top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, for censoring stories about Hunter Biden's laptop after it was reported that she cried at the news he'd purchased the company, Politico reports.
Commenting on the reports, Musk wrote: "Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate."
Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2022
Adding to the controversy, Musk's supporters leaked audio footage of a videolink meeting on Monday, which heard questions from staff asked by the chief marketing officer, Leslie Berland.
She later tweeted: "I read real-time Qs that come in from our employees.
"It's always open and unfiltered. An audio clip of me reading was leaked, edited and misrepresented as my (and the company's) views."
UNILAD has reached out to Elon Musk's representatives for comment.
Transparency and openness is core to who we are and I’m going to continue to give a platform for questions and feedback from employees. That is all, getting back to work ✌️— Leslie Berland (@leslieberland) April 27, 2022
This all started a couple days ago on 25 April, when the Tesla CEO struck a whopping $44 billion (£33.3 billion) deal with the platform.
Promoting 'free speech', Musk said: "Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.
"I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans.
"Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it."
Earlier this year, Musk became the largest shareholder in Twitter after taking a 9.2 percent stake in the company.
However, just this month, the SpaceX CEO went a step further and bid $54.20 per share to take full control.
Bret Taylor, Twitter's Independent Board Chair, has said: "The Twitter Board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon's proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing.
"The proposed transaction will deliver a substantial cash premium, and we believe it is the best path forward for Twitter's stockholders."
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said: "Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world. Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by the work that has never been more important."
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