Elon Musk quits joining his Twitter board

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After a week of hesitation Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla and SpaceX, has given up sitting on the board of directors of Twitter, announced Monday April 11 Parag Agrawal, the general manager of the social network. “Elon’s arrival on the board was to become officially effective on April 9, but Elon made it known this very morning that he was no longer joining the board.”he explained in a message to Twitter staff, which he shared on the platform. “I think it’s for the best”he added. “We have appreciated and will always appreciate the participation of our shareholders, whether they serve on our board or not. Elon is our largest shareholder and we will remain open to his participation”Mr. Agrawal continued.

Right after this announcement, Elon Musk tweeted an emoji that giggle, without any accompanying text. The richest man in the world announced in early April that he had taken a 9.2% stake in the capital of Twitter, making him the largest shareholder. He first specified in the document sent to the stock market regulator that this participation was ” passive “, that is to say that he did not intend to influence major strategic decisions. He had also undertaken not to increase his stake beyond 14.9%.

Read also: Elon Musk becomes Twitter’s largest shareholder

But the announcement, thereafter, of his entry to the board of directors of Twitter had been applauded by the markets. Investors saw it as a sign that the billionaire was finally planning to get involved in the group’s strategy.

Values ​​not aligned with those of Twitter

Elon Musk is a very active user of the social network, on which he has 80.5 million subscribers. He speaks there almost daily about his companies, from Tesla (electric cars) to SpaceX (spaceflight), via Neuralink (brain implants), and does not hesitate to make jokes or to provoke controversy.

He also uses his account a lot to poll Internet users, about his sales of Tesla shares or, more recently, to find out if they believe that Twitter respects freedom of expression, a question to which a majority answered. ” Nope “. The entrepreneur has repeatedly criticized the platform on the subject, believing that it went too far in content moderation.

Since the announcement of his entry into the capital, Elon Musk has multiplied the provocations. In particular, he conducted a survey to ask if Twitter users wanted a button ” to modify “, to correct a tweet after posting. Nearly 4.4 million people voted, and about 73.6% responded ” yes “. The platform then announced that it was testing this feature, which many users had requested for years.

“Priorities unchanged”

On Saturday, Elon Musk wondered if the social network was dying »mentioning highly followed but not very active accounts. “Most of these ‘super’ accounts rarely tweet and post little content”, he wrote, captioning a list of the 10 profiles with the most subscribers. He notably noted that the singer Justin Bieber, in second position, had tweeted only once this year.

On Sunday, he made two more suggestions: Remove the w in Twitter? » (with, as a choice of answers, ” yes “ Where ” sure “) and Converting Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco into a Shelter for the Homeless Since No One Goes There Anyway ». More than 90% of the 1.9 million voters said ” yes “. He then proposed changes to the paid subscription formula to the social network, Twitter Blue.

“There will be distractions in the future, but our goals and priorities remain unchanged. The decisions we make and how we execute them are in our hands, and no one else’s.Parag Agrawal said in his message to employees.

According to washington postseveral employees of Twitter had expressed their concern, considering in particular that the values ​​of the richest man in the world were not aligned with the corporate culture of the social network.

Le Monde and AFP

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