After Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter was completed on Monday, a number of Twitter workers reportedly went “completely insane.”
Employees of Twitter were furious and shocked in private conversations after the $44 billion purchase was announced. “It’s absolutely insane,” a New York Times reporter observed while describing internal communication systems.
“I feel like I’m going to puke…I don’t want to work for a place that is controlled by Elon Musk,” one Twitter employee said in an interview with the New York Times.
“I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do… oh my god, my phone’s been blowing up.” That employee went on. “He seems like a petulant little boy who’s doing this to troll… He has no idea what our policies are or what we do … His claim about our algorithm was f***ed up… We’re going to let everyone go wild? Nobody knows.”
Another worker stated in a since-deleted tweet, “I’m in need of a stiff drink.”
The Daily Beast reported that one employee wrote on Blind, an anonymous social media network: “Musk is untrustworthy, oblivious, and mentally ill.” One worker even slammed Elon fans as “braindead mouth breathers” who are “fanboys.”
On Monday, the business leaders held an all-staff meeting with workers. Musk’s pledge to turn Twitter into a platform that promotes free expression was a major worry among them.
Employees are worrying that Musk will break down the “protections” Twitter has created to protect its users from harmful or unsafe material, according to the Washington Post. Other employees were concerned about their continuing work-from-home status, while others were concerned about their company’s stock and whether layoffs were on the horizon, according to the New York Times.
Some Twitter workers, on the other hand, were more optimistic about their future at the company.
“Elon did not tie up 20 percent of his net worth to break Twitter,” according to one employee quoted in the Washington Post. “I personally believe this may be what Twitter needs.”
After buying Twitter, Elon Musk released a statement in which he stated that he wanted to improve the service — not destroy it.
“Free speech is the foundation of a healthy democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where important issues that will affect humanity’s future are discussed,” Musk said.