News: Elon Musk to join Twitter town hall after concerns from employees

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Elon Musk to join Twitter town hall after concerns from employees

Twitter has announced that it is holding a town hall soon with Elon Musk, the company's newest board member, to allow employees ask him questions directly.
Elon Musk to join Twitter town hall after concerns from employees

Elon Musk, the billionaire, will hold a "ask me anything" town hall with Twitter employees, just days after his appointment to the company's board of directors.  Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal unveiled the plan in a companywide email to staff, a report from The Washington Post said.  

The company's employees are said to have been in a frenzy about Musk's acquisition all week. According to a Reuters report, some Twitter workers are concerned about the social media company's ability to moderate content as a result of Elon Musk's appointment to the board of directors.

“Despite Twitter's reiteration this week that the board does not make policy decisions, four Twitter employees who spoke with Reuters said they were concerned about Musk's ability to influence the company's policies on abusive users and harmful content.”

Agrawal announcing the 'ask me anything' meeting in an email wrote: 'We say that Twitter is what’s happening and what people are talking about right now. Often, we [at] Twitter are what’s happening and what people are talking about. That has certainly been the case this week."

"'Following our board announcement, many of you have had different types of questions about Elon Musk, and I want to welcome you to ask those questions to him."

Musk has stated that he will work closely with Twitter's CEO and other board members to improve the platform. The billionaire frequently uses his Twitter account to share important Tesla, SpaceX, and other company news, but he has also slammed Twitter for suppressing free speech.

Musk, who has over 80.9 million Twitter followers, is both a proponent and a vocal critic of the network. The billionaire tweeted a few weeks before the announcement of his stake in Twitter that he was exploring creating his own social media site.

Musk tweeted earlier this week, asking 'Do you want an edit button?' for Twitter. A majority of voters agreed, and officials confirmed that one is already in the works. 

In Silicon Valley, town halls like these are popular, but solely for CEOs and other top executives. According to the Washington Post, putting a stockholder in the limelight is quite unusual.

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