Musk says he’s not concerned with Twitter employees quitting in protest of his takeover

Elon Musk made it clear he is not worried about Twitter employees quitting in protest due to his takeover.

Asked by reporters at the Met Gala in NY if he had concerns, he replied “It’s a free country.”

“Certainly if anyone doesn’t feel comfortable with that, they will on their own accord go somewhere else. That’s fine,” he added.

According to DailyMail “Musk is telling potential investors that he may return Twitter to public ownership in as little as three years, according to a report on Tuesday. Musk, 50, on April 25 reached an agreement with Twitter’s board to buy the company for $44 billion.Since then he has been talking to investors in a bid to reduce the $21 billion he needs to come up with to close the deal.”

Per Business Insider:

Twitter said in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday that one of the risks associated with Musk’s planned acquisition was a potential loss of staff.

“We may experience a departure of employees, prior to the closing of the merger,” Twitter wrote in the filing.

A former Twitter executive told Insider’s Kali Hays since news of Musk’s acquisition broke they were being contacted daily by Twitter employees asking about job opportunities.

“Any sense that an exodus is building is correct,” the former executive said.

Three current employees told Hays there is relatively open talk inside the company about looking for new work because of Musk.

“It’s all about Elon,” one employee said. “There will be some sort of exodus event from those who do not approve of him.”

Fox Business recently reported “Twitter employees have reportedly struggled with the news that the company is on the verge of being acquired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk with some of them too “shocked” to speak over the billionaire’s plans to promote freedom of speech.”

Per the report:

Several Twitter employees expressed serious concerns and fear over Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of the company including a prominent worry that Musk would undo censorship mechanisms they had worked to implement over the years, The Washington Post reported Monday.

In reaction to news of the sale, some employees shared tear-filled emojis and memes of emotional breakdowns. In some cases, employees were “too in shock to speak” about the company’s future.

Twitter held an employee town hall on Monday where management reportedly struggled to adequately answer questions about the company’s view on free speech going forward, future layoffs, and whether Twitter will earn revenue from advertising.

“Totally understand that this is entertainment for some,” one Twitter employee tweeted. “But please understand that this is certainly not entertainment for me.”

“The news today is so crazy I literally forgot I have COVID,” another posted.

Several liberals have expressed grave concerns over Musk’s takeover on the social network.

Musk tweeted in response to backlash “the extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all”

He added:

By “free speech”, I simply mean that which matches the law.

I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.

If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect.

Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people.