On Thursday, Twitter employees learned that Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, had offered more than $43 billion to buy the social media behemoth, which he would then take private.
Twitter will conduct an all-hands meeting on Thursday to address the problem, according to Fox News Digital, since some employees are concerned about Musk’s potential takeover.
Many analysts predicted that the news would drive leftist Twitter staffers fleeing for cover. However, ex-Google consultant Joe Toscano, who was featured heavily in the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” has dealt with big tech employees for years and believes the news will polarize employees.
“I would bet there’s a good chunk of them that are super excited about it, because there’s probably a lot of them that have cool ideas for the platform but haven’t been able to do anything because of the stagnant leadership that Twitter currently has. So, I think there’s probably a lot of them that are excited, but I’m sure there’s also a large chunk of them who are scared because Elon Musk, all due respect to his work, represents a radical leader and could dramatically change their operation,” Toscano said
Toscano noted Musk could fire staff that he sees as “unworthy or nonfunctional,” which is a concern for employees.
“I’m sure there are people who are in fear,” he said.
Twitter employees, who were said to have had a “day of rest” on Monday, were “super stressed” to hear Musk decided not to take a seat on the company’s board of directors because he would be free to attack the platform.
Musk previously pitched the idea of turning Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters into a shelter for the homeless and staffers would be required to work remotely going forward.