Meet & greet: Twitter to host employee meeting with new board member Elon Musk

NEW YORK: Twitter plans to hold a meeting for employees concerned about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s influence on the company’s board, a Twitter spokesperson said on Friday.

The Twitter official did not disclose the timing or format of the meeting.

The social media company named Musk to the board on Tuesday after the outspoken and polarizing executive revealed he had acquired a more than 9% stake in the company, making him Twitter’s largest shareholder.

Announcing the appointment, Twitter chief executive Parag Agrawal said he was “delighted” to nominate Musk, calling him “a passionate believer and intense critic of the service, which is exactly what we need.”

Musk said he looked forward to making “meaningful improvements to Twitter soon.”

The Tesla chief began polling his subscribers about whether to add an “Edit” button to the service, a long-discussed change.

But Musk is a breakthrough figure in the American business world. On Thursday, he tweeted a photo of himself smoking marijuana on a Joe Rogan podcast in 2018, with the caption “Next Twitter board meeting is going to be on.”

His antics often raise eyebrows and sometimes draw condemnation, such as when Jewish groups lambasted his tweet comparing Canadian leader Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler over Covid-19 vaccine mandates. Musk later deleted the tweet without apologizing.

The appointment has raised apprehensions among some employees, according to a Washington Post report.

Workers at the California-based social media company have raised concerns about Musk’s statements on transgender issues and his reputation as a difficult and driven leader, according to statements on Slack reviewed by the Post.

His arrival cheered some Wall Street analysts, frustrated by Twitter’s difficulty in meaningfully monetizing its business.

But skeptics pointed out that Musk intimidated critics from the investment community and fired or penalized workers who spoke out or tried to unionize.

A California agency sued Tesla, alleging discrimination and harassment against black workers. The electric car maker has denied the charges, saying it opposes discrimination.