“She is seen internally as Twitter’s ‘moral authority’ and the executive tasked with handling sensitive issues like harassment and dangerous speech.”
Vijaya Gadde is a lawyer who has been a major power player at Twitter for years. She was instrumental in getting Trump thrown off the platform and may have played a role in banning the New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
She apparently cried during a meeting with Twitter employees about Elon Musk taking ownership of the company.
Twitter’s top lawyer reassures staff, cries during meeting about Musk takeover
Monday was an emotional day at Twitter — even for its executives.
Shortly after billionaire Elon Musk bought the powerful social media platform, top Twitter lawyer Vijaya Gadde called a virtual meeting with the policy and legal teams she oversees to discuss what the new ownership could mean for them.
Gadde cried during the meeting as she expressed concerns about how the company could change, according to three people familiar with the meeting. She acknowledged that there are significant uncertainties about what the company will look like under Musk’s leadership.
Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy said Gadde became emotional when discussing her team’s impact and the pride she feels in them…
Gadde, who has worked at Twitter since 2011, is the key executive charged with overseeing Twitter’s trust and safety, legal and public policy functions. She is seen internally as Twitter’s “moral authority” and the executive tasked with handling sensitive issues like harassment and dangerous speech.
She is apparently deeply concerned with hate speech:
“I’m often inspired by the vigorous debates on controversial issues that occur on Twitter, but I’ve also been seriously troubled by the plight of some of our users who are completely overwhelmed by those who are trying to silence healthy discourse in the name of free expression,” Gadde wrote in a 2015 Washington Post op-ed. “At times, this takes the form of hateful speech in tweets directed at women or minority groups; at others, it takes the form of threats aimed to intimidate those who take a stand on issues.”
Ace of Spades offers this analysis:
This is how they end free speech: They claim that “free speech” can only really happen when they exclude the people who are arguing with women and minorities and especially trans people.
Disagreement with protected “marginalized” people is definitionally “hate speech:” if you’re not affirming them, it’s “hate.”
When you argue with these people, they feel chilled from expressing their opinions, and do not offer them.
So you have to censor men, especially white men, and straight people.
Then the “marginalized” people can speak freely.
Then you have “free speech.”
For… some people.
Meanwhile, the meltdown continues for many others.
Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is reacting to Musk’s takeover by saying we need “algorithmic justice,” whatever that is.
Elon Musk and a handful of billionaires now have dangerous influence over the most powerful online platforms. They can't be trusted, and self-regulation has failed. We must pass laws to protect privacy and promote algorithmic justice for internet users, especially for kids.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) April 26, 2022
Sunny Hostin of The View insists that Musk only cares about the free speech of straight white men.
The View's Sunny Hostin: "So when Elon Musk says, 'wow, this is about free speech,' seems to me that it’s about free speech of straight white men." pic.twitter.com/q6jmGVK1gX
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) April 26, 2022
Meathead is in a panic.
Now that Elon Musk is buying Twitter, the question for all of us is: Will he allow a Criminal who used this platform to lie and spread disinformation to try to overthrow the US Government to return and continue his Criminal activity? And if he does, how do we combat it?
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) April 25, 2022
David Hogg is sure there’s something sinister afoot here.
A man doesn’t bet half his life‘s work and fortune on freedom of speech. Musk sees something here that is worth far more than 40 billion. The question I have is what is it?
— David Hogg 🌻 (@davidhogg111) April 26, 2022
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