Tearful Twitter ‘censorship chief’ Gadde faces losing $17m salary after Musk buyout
DUBAI: Elon Musk, who bought Twitter earlier this week for $44 billion, has criticized some of the social media giant’s past actions – and so he’s just wiped the slate clean.
Among those directly in the line of fire are censors, with Musk’s free speech absolutism seen as the driver of his takeover of the company. Twitter’s chief counsel, who is seen as the head of conservative censorship by the microblogging site, is seen by many as first on the block – but not just for her policies.
Prior to the purchase, Vijaya Gadde received a salary increase of approximately 130% in 2021, Bloomberg reported. His total compensation in 2021 was nearly $17 million, up from about $7.3 million in 2020.
A recent article surfaced that claimed Gadde broke down in tears during a staff meeting about the impending takeover.
If terminated, however, Gadde is likely to earn a hefty $12.5 million severance package that includes accelerated vesting of a treasure trove of Twitter shares she has accrued.
Gadde – who has been called a “woke bully” and “head of censorship” by numerous websites and social media commentators has also been attacked by Musk online.
The Tesla mogul tweeted a meme featuring Gadde and conservative journalist Tim Pool in a loop about bias and left-wing censorship.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2022
Many fear that Twitter’s efforts to combat harassment, misogyny and misinformation are backsliding under Musk.
“Musk’s continuation of his normal day-to-day activities on Twitter exacerbates the worst aspects of the site and undermines the good work the folks at Twitter have been doing,” said Adam Conner, vice president of technology policy at the Center for American Progress.
As Musk’s Twitter activity draws new scrutiny due to his Monday deal to acquire the company, the world’s richest person is no stranger to controversy and criticism on the platform.
Last October, Musk slammed Missy Cummings, a Duke University professor who was hired by the US vehicle safety regulator as an adviser, in a tweet that was followed by personal online attacks on Cummings. . A longtime critic of Tesla’s driver assistance software, Cummings later deleted his Twitter account.
In 2018, Musk called a British diver a “pedo” after he downplayed Musk’s idea of using SpaceX’s mini-submarine to rescue a men’s soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand.
“If it proves unable to mitigate polarization, Twitter will slowly begin to become less relevant because certain types of conversations can no longer take place on it,” said David A. Kirsch, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.