Demand for Twitter against Elon Musk to cancel the acquisition of the platform reveals very important details related, first of all, to the agreements made before the magnate’s important announcement last April, in which he intended to buy the social network for 44,000 million dollars.
Now, new documents released a day before Twitter’s lawyers questioned Musk revealed a text message conversation between the CEO of SpaceX, jack dorseyY Parag Agrawal the day before the purchase announcement.
Apparently friendly conversations between Musk and current Twitter CEO Agrawal can be read in the documents. Also conversations with the CEO of Tesla and Jack Dorsey. Many of these conversations reveal Musk’s statements about his intentions after acquiring Twitter, as well as the occasional apparent joke from the CEO of Tesla.
The pre-Twitter takeover chats between Musk and Dorsey
It’s no secret that Twitter co-founder, Dorsey, advocated the acquisition of the platform by Elon Musk to make it a place where freedom of expression reigns. However, this is the first time that a conversation between the two businessmen can be read before the Twitter purchase announcement.
in conversations, Musk asks Dorsey what Twitter should look like. The platform’s founder replies: “I think it should be an open source protocol, funded by some kind of foundation that doesn’t own the protocol, it just advances it. A bit like what Signal has done. It cannot have an advertising model”.
Jack Dorsey also revealed to Musk that Twitter should be a platform, not a company. “A new platform is needed. It can’t be a company. That’s why I left,” Dorsey told the mogul. This message made Musk disagree, who replied that it was worth “both trying to move Twitter in a better direction and doing something new.”
Despite this minor difference of opinion, Jack Dorsey congratulated Musk when he learned of the executive’s first steps to buy Twitter:
“I have wanted it for a long time. I was very excited when I found out that it was finally possible,” said Jack. The Twitter founder was also excited about Musk meeting Parag Agrawal. “Parag is an incredible engineer,” he noted.
The documents show that the talks between Elon Musk and Parag Agrawal started well. Nevertheless, a big difference of opinion it caused relations between the two leaders to take a completely different course.
Before that, Musk admitted to Agwaral that he didn’t want to be the CEO of Twitter. “Frankly, I hate doing mgmt (management) stuff. I don’t think he should be anyone’s boss. But I love helping solve technical/product design problems,” Musk said.
Agrawal, for his part, wanted to show a closer figure. He asked Musk to treat him “like an engineer instead of a CEO”, when the tycoon told him that he wanted “Twitter to be the most incredible”. “I used to be CTO and I’ve been in our code base for a long time… treat me like an engineer instead of a CEO and let’s see where we get to,” said the current CEO of Twitter in relation to Musk’s plans to change the platform heading.
However, the bitter relationship between the two executives seems to have started when Agrawal asked Musk not to tweet content related to Twitter and the company:
“You are free to tweet ‘Is Twitter dying?’ or anything else about Twitter, but it’s my responsibility to tell you that it’s not helping me improve Twitter in the current context.” “I would like the company to get to a place where we are more resilient and not distracted, but we’re not there right now.” The CEO of the platform wrote to Musk.
The Tesla CEO responded two minutes later, stating that being on the board was a “waste of time” and that he now plans to make Twitter private.
Musk had the idea to acquire Twitter
Shortly after Musk told Agrawal of his intention to buy Twitter, he began talking to people close to him about the social network’s direction.
“I have an idea for a blockchain social networking system that do both payments and text messages/short links like Twitter. You have to pay a small amount to register your message in the thread, which will eliminate the vast majority of spam and bots. There is no throat to choke, so freedom of expression is guaranteed,” he stressed. Musk to Steve Daviswho is the current president of The Boring Company.
“My Plan B is a blockchain-based version of Twitter, where the ‘tweets’ are embedded in the comment transaction,” highlighted another message sent to Davis.
In the end, Elon Musk declared that a version of Twitter based on blockchain It was not a good idea, but as we have seen in these months, it was still committed to eliminating bots and controlling all the people who used the social network.