Can Official ‘Chief Twit’ Elon Musk Juggle Free Speech and Advertiser Concerns?

A C-suite purge Thursday night claimed CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, trust and safety lead Vijaya Gadde, general counsel Sean Edgett

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No one expected Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion, or $54.20 per share, to go smoothly after the deal was called off, the courts became involved, the transaction was rekindled and a poop emoji was thrown. And Musk certainly did not disappoint late Thursday.

The self-proclaimed chief twit punctuated his busy day with an 11:49 p.m. ET tweet saying simply, “The bird is freed.”

Now, the new owner has the unenviable task of maintaining his free-speech-absolutist stance while trying to appease advertisers.



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