Variety: Musk Tweets Fake CNN Headline About Musk Threatening Free Speech on Twitter

Variety: Musk Tweets Fake CNN Headline About Musk Threatening Free Speech on Twitter. “Musk — without any indication that it was a joke — posted an image that said, ‘CNN: Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by literally allowing people to speak freely.’ The post includes a photo of Lemon appearing to speak about Musk on air, with the made-up chyron below Lemon featuring the same text as the headline”

Glasgow City Council: Glasgow launches open-access database to showcase £2.6billion regional tech ecosystem

Glasgow City Council: Glasgow launches open-access database to showcase £2.6billion regional tech ecosystem. “The Glasgow Tech Ecosystem Platform is an open-access database offering to better connect start-ups with investors and corporates, providing real-time insights on the health of the regional innovation economy and showcasing Glasgow City Region’s wider tech ecosystem to the world…. The data covers 740+ technology-based start-ups as well as investors and accelerators, universities, co-working spaces, tech meetups and much more.”

Wall Street Journal: How Elon Musk’s Twitter Faces Mountain of Debt, Falling Revenue and Surging Costs

Wall Street Journal: How Elon Musk’s Twitter Faces Mountain of Debt, Falling Revenue and Surging Costs . “Analysts and academics have been able to piece together a picture of the company from information Mr. Musk has offered as well as details of the deal and the company’s last regulatory filings. Bankruptcy could be one result. Mr. Musk, the world’s richest person, could also raise new funds, or buy back debt from lenders, giving Twitter a buffer to turn around its business. Here is a look at their assessments of Twitter’s financial situation and prospects.”

Al Jazeera: In Brazil, Twitter users fear effect of Musk’s rule

Al Jazeera: In Brazil, Twitter users fear effect of Musk’s rule. “It was Easter, and Lola Aronovich, a Brazilian literature professor, was enjoying a break at a beach with no internet access, totally unaware of the defamation campaign being orchestrated against her on Twitter. That day in April 2015, the son of Geraldo Alckmin, the former São Paulo governor and currently Brazil’s vice-president-elect, tragically died in a helicopter crash. Aronovich saw the events unfold on TV and headed home three days later – only to find thousands of vitriolic posts directed at her on Twitter for something she hadn’t done.”

Wall Street Journal: Twitter Lays Off Some Sales Employees After They Committed to Twitter 2.0

Wall Street Journal: Twitter Lays Off Some Sales Employees After They Committed to Twitter 2.0. “Elon Musk extended his job-cutting at Twitter Inc., laying off some employees in sales after they had signed on to the billionaire’s vision for the social-media platform, people familiar with the matter said. The exact scope of the latest cuts couldn’t be learned immediately. One employee said he found out early Monday that he had been laid off and was told in an email his role was no longer necessary.”

CNN: Twitter Africa employees accuse Elon Musk of discrimination over severance terms

CNN: Twitter Africa employees accuse Elon Musk of discrimination over severance terms. “Laid-off employees at Twitter’s Africa headquarters are accusing Twitter of ‘deliberately and recklessly flouting the laws of Ghana’ and trying to ‘silence and intimidate’ them after they were fired. The team has hired a lawyer and sent a letter to the company demanding it comply with the West African nation’s labor laws, provide them with additional severance pay and other relevant benefits, in line with what other Twitter employees will receive.”

Engadget: Elon Musk is reportedly considering cutting more of Twitter’s workforce

Engadget: Elon Musk is reportedly considering cutting more of Twitter’s workforce. “According to Bloomberg, Elon Musk is considering new layoffs that would target the company’s sales and partnerships teams. The scale of the potential cuts is unclear but come after a large number of employees rejected Musk’s Twitter 2.0 ultimatum. On Friday, Musk reportedly asked Robin Wheeler, Twitter’s head of ad sales, and Maggie Suniewick, the firm’s partnerships chief, to fire more employees. Both were terminated after pushing back.”

CNET: Elon Musk’s Twitter Meltdown Is a Train Wreck We Can’t Look Away From

CNET: Elon Musk’s Twitter Meltdown Is a Train Wreck We Can’t Look Away From. “We’re potentially seeing the rapid implosion of one of the most influential social media platforms in the world, one that helped kick off revolutions (for the better) and shifted the fate of presidential elections (for the worse). Though bygone platforms like Friendster or Google Plus faded away quietly, Twitter, in typical Musk style, could be going out with the roar of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch.

Musk issues ultimatum to staff: Commit to ‘hardcore’ Twitter or take severance (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Musk issues ultimatum to staff: Commit to ‘hardcore’ Twitter or take severance. “Elon Musk issued an ultimatum to Twitter employees Wednesday morning: Commit to a new ‘hardcore’ Twitter or leave the company with severance pay. Employees were told they had to a sign a pledge to stay on with the company…. Anyone who did not sign the pledge by 5 p.m. Eastern time Thursday was told they would receive three months of severance pay, the message said.”

Grid: Internal Twitter documents show scope of advertisers’ questions about Elon Musk’s policies

Grid: Internal Twitter documents show scope of advertisers’ questions about Elon Musk’s policies. “Internal Twitter Slack messages reviewed by Grid show advertisers asking about the increase in hate speech on the platform, and the impacts of the site’s recent layoffs of most of its content moderation and product teams — including what impact that might have on data privacy.”

Two Weeks of Chaos: Inside Elon Musk’s Takeover of Twitter (New York Times)

New York Times: Two Weeks of Chaos: Inside Elon Musk’s Takeover of Twitter. “The order for immediate layoffs, the ensuing panic and the about-face reflect the chaos that has engulfed Twitter since Mr. Musk took over the company two weeks ago. The 51-year-old barreled in with ideas about how the social media service should operate, but with no comprehensive plan to execute them. Then he quickly ran into the business, legal and financial complexities of running a platform that has been called a global town square. The fallout has often been excruciating, according to 36 current and former Twitter employees and people close to the company, as well as internal documents and workplace chat logs.”

The Verge: Elon Musk learns the hard way that being a Twitter troll is way more fun than being a mod

The Verge: Elon Musk learns the hard way that being a Twitter troll is way more fun than being a mod. “Shenanigans are fun, but here’s the thing to keep in mind: Twitter is loaded with debt from the acquisition and needs to pay roughly $1 billion a year on it. In 2021, Twitter made $5 billion in revenue and did not turn a profit…. So Musk has to figure out how to make money while people scream at him and impersonate him. Fun job!” If you’re interested in the Twitter situation but you don’t have much inside baseball, this is a good overview. Lots of swearing.

CNBC: Read Elon Musk’s first email to all Twitter employees: Remote work over, company needs subscriptions to survive downturn

CNBC: Read Elon Musk’s first email to all Twitter employees: Remote work over, company needs subscriptions to survive downturn. “In his first companywide email to Twitter employees, new owner and CEO Elon Musk said he was ending the social network’s ‘work from home forever’ policy. Now, according to the email obtained by CNBC, Musk wants employees to be in a Twitter office at least 40 hours a week, and plans to personally approve any alternative arrangements.”