SAN FRANCISCO, CA— (05-01-22) — Twitter staff in an “emergency meeting” held last Friday, employees of Twitter reportedly complained to CEO Parag Agrawal and diversity officer Dalana Brand that their soon to be new owner Elon Musk, is allegedly an “open homophobe and transphobe.” They also allegedly expressed fears for their futures at the 3rd largest social media platform in the USA.
The “impromptu” get together was reported on Saturday by Insider, which claims to have obtained leaked audio of the emergency staff meeting proceedings.
According to Insider, Agrawal fielded questions from staff concerned that they could lose their jobs amid rumors that Elon Musk is planning on cutting executive pay and laying off staff.
While unable to put to rest the concerns of his staff, Agrawal – who Inside said appeared “tired and annoyed” and said that “for the people who are here, it will be worth it to be here.” said Agrawal.
Several staff members complained that their company may no longer be known for its diversity and worry that Twitter will turn into another right wing platform of hate. They claimed to look at right wing social media platforms today. With all of their publicity being generated by right wing media outlets on cable, local tv and AM Cow Country Talk Radio, they barely have a quarter of the audience Twitter currently holds.
“What should we tell the LGTBQ community at recruiting conferences we’re lined up to attend when they ask us why they should come work at Twitter when we just sold ourselves to an open homophobe and transphobe?” one reportedly asked Chief People and Diversity Officer Dalana Brand.
Brand, who was appointed to her position back in February, said that while she “cannot speak to Elon’s personal feelings on these things,” she would ensure that “we’ll continue to fight for inclusion and diversity for all of our teams. Full stop.” said Brand.
We will continue to follow the Twitter drama and bring you updates as they become available.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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