Here’s what Elon Musk just told Twitter employees

The meeting is over and employees are worried about layoffs

The general meeting ended around 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

According to a source, the majority of reactions on Twitter’s Slack messaging forum were negative in nature.

Employees expressed that many of their concerns about layoffs, remote working, reduced attention to content moderation, and inclusion and diversity measures have been confirmed.

Employees also sent memes about how to present themselves as exceptional, the source said, an apparent reference to Musk’s note that exceptional employees could likely continue to work remotely and would not have to fear layoffs.

—Lauren Feiner

Musk wants Twitter to reach 1 billion daily active users

Twitter’s success would look like a significant increase in the number of daily active users, potentially surpassing 1 billion, Musk said, according to a source.

Twitter said in its first quarter 2022 results that it had 229 million daily active users per month.

Musk’s definition of success would also include whether Twitter helps advance civilization and consciousness, he said.

—Lauren Feiner

Musk walks away from discussion of aliens

Musk briefly diverted the conversation to a discussion of aliens and human consciousness.

He said he hadn’t seen any real evidence of extraterrestrials, a source said.

—Lauren Feiner

Musk says he doesn’t care about being CEO

Musk doesn’t care about being CEO of Twitter, he said, according to a source.

He said he cared about driving the product in a particular direction, but wasn’t too hung up on titles.

—Lauren Feiner

Users should be allowed to say whatever they want on Twitter, says Musk

As for legal but potentially dangerous speech, Musk told Twitter employees that people should be allowed to say whatever they want.

But it’s different from Twitter promoting this speech, Musk said, according to the source.

Users have the right to filter out content they don’t want to see, he added. Musk said the norm is more than not offending people, it’s that people are entertained and informed.

Musk reiterated a sentiment he expressed online earlier that if 10% of the far left and far right are upset, Twitter is doing the right thing.

Addressing the topic of inclusion and diversity, Musk said the most inclusive thing to do would be to get all humans on Twitter.

He said he believed in a strict meritocracy.

—Lauren Feiner

Musk addresses possible layoffs on Twitter: Company needs to get healthy

Musk said layoffs at Twitter would depend on his financial situation.

“It depends. The business needs to get healthy,” Musk said, according to the source. “Currently, the costs exceed the revenues”

Musk said there had to be some downsizing or Twitter couldn’t grow.

“Anyone who is a significant contributor has nothing to worry about,” he said.

—Lauren Feiner

Musk has a strong penchant for working in person

Musk, who recently told his Tesla employees to come back to work in their offices 40 hours a week or quit, seemed to make a distinction between working remotely at the auto company and at Twitter.

“Tesla makes cars, and you can’t make cars remotely,” Musk said, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Musk didn’t detail what his remote work policy would look like for Twitter employees and said if someone is exceptional at their job, remote work is fine, according to the source.

But, Musk said his “bias is strongly to work in person.”

—Lauren Feiner

Musk on how he can build trust with Twitter employees

“If someone is doing useful things, that’s great. If not, I wonder why they’re in the business.”

–Lauren Feiner

Elon Musk on freedom of expression

Elon on free speech (paraphrased): People should be allowed to say whatever they want, but that doesn’t mean Twitter should promote it.

–Lauren Feiner

Musk asked why he liked Twitter

Elon when asked why Twitter: “I like Twitter”, “I learn a lot from what I learn on Twitter.” It’s “a great way to get a message across”, “some people use their hair to express themselves, I use Twitter”

–Lauren Feiner

Employees ask questions

Employees submitted questions that matter most to them – no promises they’ll answer but ranked highest in the categories of workplace policies (i.e. remote work), freedom of expression, Elon-suggested product enhancements, and employee relations –Lauren Feiner

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