Elon Musk ‘doesn’t seem like’ right person to own Twitter, says co-founder

Elon Musk “doesn’t seem to be the right person for Twitter,” the social media platform’s co-founder has said, adding that improvements in morale and content policies at the business have been reversed under its new owner.

In an interview with the Guardian, Biz Stone said that he had seen positive changes in recent years from the Tesla CEO.

Stone said that running social media companies “isn’t really a win-win situation … it’s always tough”, because “50% of the people will be happy, 50% of the people will be upset with you”.

“You have to be OK with stuff that you just don’t like or don’t agree with being on there,” said Stone, adding: “Otherwise, you should just go buy a magazine or a newspaper or something where it’s OK to have a specific leaning.”

Asked whether Musk is the right owner for Twitter, Stone said: “It doesn’t seem so right now, but I could be wrong.”

Musk has come under fire for temporarily banning journalists from the platform and restoring previously banned accounts such as those belonging to former US President Donald Trump and self-proclaimed feminist Andrew Tate.

Stone, who co-founded Twitter in 2006 with Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, and Evan Williams, returned to the business in 2017 to “guide the company’s culture, that energy, that spirit,” at the behest of chief executive Dorsey.

Stone said improvements made during his four-year tenure, particularly in morale and supervisory content, have been lost under Musk.

“We made a lot of improvements in those areas. And that’s all gone now.” He said.

Musk has gone back on a pledge to set up a “content moderation council” that would oversee major content decisions and account restoration, rather than relying on more arbitrary methods such as user polls hosted on his own Twitter account.

He fired nearly half of Twitter’s employees within days of buying the business last year for $44 billion.

Stone said the employees should not be named as part of the release of the so-called Twitter Files, a series of internal documents detailing decisions such as the suspension of Donald Trump.

Read More: TheGuardian

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