The prospects of Elon Musk taking control of Twitter has focused both sides of the political aisle on the effects this could have on free speech. Leftists are terrified that they won’t be able to police “hate speech” and “disinformation” anymore while conservatives are glowing about the prospects they won’t have to risk their accounts every time they mention the jabs, voter fraud, or a man actually being a man despite claiming he’s a woman.
But at heart, Elon Musk is a geek. He isn’t just interested in lifting filters, exposing algorithms, and ending censorship on the platform. He has his eyes set on nerdy stuff like coding and security. According to a recent Tweet:
“If Twitter acquisition completes, company will be super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware”
If Twitter acquisition completes, company will be super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware https://t.co/m2HseK0TXl
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2022
Many talking heads, even some on the right, have predicted that Twitter could suffer a cataclysmic staff revolt and sudden mass resignations if the deal goes through. But as the story he referenced from Fortune notes, a Musk-led Twitter won’t have a challenge finding talent.
It’s still unclear how a Musk-run Twitter might impact the company’s ability to retain current staff and recruit new employees. The company presented the takeover as a potential threat to its staffing abilities in an SEC filing Monday.
But at least casual interest in open positions at the company has skyrocketed since the Tesla billionaire showed serious interest in taking over the company.
On Thursday, Daniel Zhao, a senior economist and data scientist at the job insights platform Glassdoor, tweeted that interest in job openings at the social media giant was up 263% between April 24 and April 30.
As I’ve stated recently, I’m either cautiously optimistic or mildly skeptical about Musk’s plans at Twitter. But at least most of what he’s saying in public jibes with a series of vast improvements for the platform.
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