Elon Musk is not tweeting very nice things about Twitter executives, and some of his 86 million followers are piling on.
Twitter’s top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, was one of those being targeted by Musk.
What followed were calls for Gadde to be fired, and racist slurs.
As Musk stakes his $44 billion takeover of one of the world’s most influential social platforms on the promise of restoring free speech there, his rhetoric is at odds with the way his supporters have weaponized Twitter — prompting people to lock down their personal profiles and public information.
Musk has continued to post dozens of tweets during and after his hostile takeover deal. But the terms of his deal contain a stipulation that Musk may not tweet about his takeover deal if those tweets “disparage the company or any of its representatives.” This disparagement clause only applies if the disparagement occurs within a tweet about the deal, while negative comments about Twitter outside of that context do not violate the terms.
Musk has been having maximum fun.