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Twitter cancels Elon Musk AMA with employees Social Media

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u/Useful-Perspective Apr 12 '22

This seems like it should be a secondary point in the whole "Musk not joining Twitter Board of Directors" story.

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u/Earth2Andy Apr 12 '22

From what I heard it was Elon changing his mind about being on the board that caused this.

A board member doing a coffee talk with the company makes sense, a random stock holder, less so.

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u/o0flatCircle0o Apr 12 '22

Also the way Elon said it was very insulting.

“Convert Twitter SF HQ to homeless shelter since no one show up anyway”

Saying “since no one shows up anyway” is basically saying employees are lazy and aren’t actually working just because they are doing it remotely. It’s such a typical conservative boss way of framing something.

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u/Earth2Andy Apr 12 '22

Yeah this was a particularly asshole thing to say when Twitter had previously explicitly told employees they all had the option to be remote as long as they liked.

I get questioning the policy and asking if a more in-office culture might be better for the company, but saying “nobody shows up” isn’t the way to do that

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u/SimbaOnSteroids Apr 12 '22

He’s notorious for being a micromanaging tyrant, that’s a lot harder to do remote than in person.

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u/Earth2Andy Apr 12 '22

I used to do a casual carpool with a guy who worked at Tesla. He said they all lived in fear of Elon talking to the press or going on a Twitter rant, because he’d just say things, with no research, and then they’d all have to deal with the consequences. The company would find out about features and deadlines from Elon’s twitter not through their managers

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u/spiralmojo Apr 12 '22

Not saying this to be edgy, but the guy is a massive asshole who doesn't seem to care about the impact of his words, or the repercussions of them on others. He doesn't have to, so he doesn't.

It mystifies me that people look up to him, because he doesn't have much in the way of a stable temperament or maturity (at least what I've seen of him).

Yes he has wealth, but he had it already when he started his career. I just don't see how folks want to follow this guy at all.

(this is just an opinion you are welcome to ignore, not an invitation to a debate. Like or don't like whatever you want)

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u/madcaesar Apr 12 '22 edited Apr 12 '22

Every billionaire is a massive asshole. The faster people get over celebrity / money worship the better off we'll all be.

Edit: It's been funny reading replies to this comment, people saying "billionaire X isn't so bad...", then that comment being blasted away by multiple people providing examples of how billionaire X is, in fact a giant asshole.

Again, EVERY billionaire is a massive asshole! Get it through your thick head, and spend 5 min Googleing all the shit your favorite billionaire has done to fuck the working class / environment / etc.

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u/greymalken Apr 12 '22

Mark Cuban seems to be a regular-sized asshole.

I’m not married to this stance though. Link me anything that refutes it.

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u/punman5 Apr 12 '22

Because Mark Cuban doesn’t try to be anything other than rich guy Mark Cuban. He’s not on twitter saying absolute bonkers shit like Elon.

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u/jigeno Apr 12 '22

People literally see cocky rich guy and think Tony stark. It’s insanely stupid.

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u/redlightsaber Apr 12 '22 Silver

and think Tony stark

TBF Musk himself seems to believe himself to be Tony Stark as well, right down to his messiah complex and attempting to meddle in any and all world problems that he thinks his clout can solve, ridiculous as it may be. This is why he got so irate (narcissistic rage) when that diver guy who was organising the rescue of the kids stuck in the cave in Thailand rightfully told him (essentially) to stop playing fantasy, and to allow the actual experts to get the kids out.

And he attempts to amp up and cultivate that view. Then of course all the insecure men in the world with a twisted (toxic) understanding of masculinity look up to him like a demi-god.

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u/LeanTangerine Apr 12 '22

The fact that he called the rescuer a pedophile simply for turning down his offer for assistance really soured my view on Elon.

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u/somegridplayer Apr 12 '22 edited Apr 12 '22

Let's also make sure to remind everyone that the US Government paid for Starlink units that he shipped to Ukraine.

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u/RednocNivert Apr 12 '22

In the real world, you can’t get to be a billionaire without being a schmuck to some degree. Elon is no exception

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u/bindermichi Apr 12 '22

There are a lot of billionaires you never hear from at all.

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u/tfmeltdown Apr 12 '22

Well said. Yeah something wrong with Elon. Remember when he accused that rescue diver of being a pedophile just because his submarine idea was rejected in the rescue of those Thai boys trapped in an underground cave?

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u/RecipeNo42 Apr 12 '22

Years ago, I thought he was one of "the good ones." Now I think every billionaire is a black hole of wealth and an anathema to a functional democracy, and that Musk's only true talent is being a con man.

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u/somecasper Apr 12 '22

It's crossing a rubicon. We've had this hero worship shit whispered in our ears all of our lives, but the first time you fully see them, you can't stop seeing it.

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u/Spirited_Mulberry568 Apr 12 '22

That’s the way! Eat the rich!

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u/admiralboxcar Apr 12 '22

Oh he cares about the impact. Why do you think he’s constantly manipulating stocks with his Tweets?

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u/peon2 Apr 12 '22

Wait, the guy who called divers that rescued trapped boys from a cave pedophiles just because they wouldn't use his submarine is an asshole?

I'd never had guessed it

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u/mafulazula Apr 12 '22

Exactly. When can we stop rewarding wannabe prima donnas like him?

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u/MeetInPotatoes Apr 12 '22

It's almost like Elon Musk is a complete douchebag or something.

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u/ShezSteel Apr 12 '22

Elon is so funny. (In a face palm way)

He's so passive aggressive.

He's also like your 98 year old Nan. The stuff coming out of his mouth is always so odd.

The internet is full of fanboys for Elon. I personally think the whole thing is funny and pay it zero of my own time (which is no more or less valuable than anyone elses).

People think he's Tony Stark or manipulating the market for the small guy. Which is also laughable. (Again read facepalm)

If you're poor your crazy. If you're rich you're eccentric.

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u/drenuf38 Apr 12 '22

I prefer to call them "muskholes".

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u/HunterRoze Apr 12 '22

Well to be fair his family fortune comes from mining in Africa. I am sure he is used to his parent's working people like slaves.

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u/jdsekula Apr 12 '22

Yep. They only want money because it is a path to power over people. They will sacrifice profits in exchange for direct power over their employees since that’s as good as money.

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u/ThatCrankyGuy Apr 12 '22

Definitely. Elon absolutely DISPISES anything short of 90 hour on-premise work.

The whole "If you're not coming in on Saturday, don't bother coming in on Sunday" is as depraved as it gets short of forced labor.

Elon trying to spread his brand of management and work ethics to other silicon valley companies is dark. Had this gone through it would have set a dangerous precedence that other silicon valley companies would follow and it would spread to other countries and sectors. The notion that 90-100 hours work weeks are normal is some disgusting take.

I'm glad the CEO showed some balls and and board threw out this guy's meddling before he could cause irreparable harm.

Here are countries trying to normalize 4 day work weeks and here is this guy going in the opposite direction.

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u/MaldingBadger Apr 12 '22

Nah, had he pushed that at Twitter they would have lost all of their devs. Twitter is enough of a resume builder, and the software field has enough demand that you can't push too much.

It's already advisable to swap jobs every 3-4 years for the 20% pay bump you get each time.

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u/Akabander Apr 12 '22

I'm getting cold offers that are 40% over my current salary.

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u/Beachdaddybravo Apr 12 '22

No, they would have lost a ton of talent. The only reason they can keep people at SpaceX working like that is because anything related to space or gaming is a job for people who are passionate about those fields. Those people will take that kind of shit. Software engineers working for Twitter won’t, especially since having worked for Twitter is a hell of a resume builder.

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u/thisplacemakesmeangr Apr 12 '22

Then all the board had to do was keep addressing him as Ellen till he threw a tantrum and went home.

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u/Nightblade20 Apr 12 '22

I hope he calls someone a pedoman again at some point

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u/RigasTelRuun Apr 12 '22

Mr Mask you would be the only board member who actually tweets and it's weird.

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u/Blankspace18 Apr 12 '22

The other thing with Elon, is his reputation with “actual tech ppl” like the real engineers doing work and not the “tech bros” who work in marketing for sf startups, is not all that high. At least anecdotally from what I’ve experienced with colleagues.

Elon is loved by “tech bros”, not necessarily actual engineers.

He wouldn’t get the warm snuggly reception he thinks he would get.

And as you mention, because of the demand, engineers basically can do/say whatever they want. They get fired and have 3 new offers within a week for more money.

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u/shall1313 Apr 12 '22

Same, I have some friends in recruiting and they were IMMEDIATELY sending out mass emails/messages/etc. I got a few texts asking if I know any devs at Twitter less than an hour after that tweet.

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u/Independent-Working2 Apr 12 '22

Or it could be the rest of the board said he could be on the board if he agreed to not own more than 14% of the company and immediately after saying no to the board he filed with the SEC to buy more shares

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u/mywan Apr 12 '22

Yes. By not joining the board it also leaves Elon free to buy a lot more than 14.9% of Twitters stock. Leaving the possibility of a complete takeover of Twitter. He only owns, I think, a little more than 9% now.

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u/Srsly_dang Apr 12 '22

He's declining the board position because it stipulates he can't own more than 14.-% stock.

Methinks Elon is gonna go with a hostile takeover.

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u/Epyr Apr 12 '22

I'm guessing the rest of the board told him that he would have less influence than he was hoping for so now he's throwing a hissy fit. That would be right up his alley

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u/Earth2Andy Apr 12 '22

Or he’s worried if he’s on the board, the SEC will not let him get away with tweeting shit about accepting dogecoin or other bullshit. He’s gotten his wrist slapped for that shit before.

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u/aetius476 Apr 12 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Not the SEC, other investors. The Twitter CEO's statement included a line about how being a board member would have made Musk a fiduciary, which means the next time he uses Twitter to violate SEC regs to the benefit of his other investments, his fellow investors could sue the shit out of him for breaching his fiduciary duty to Twitter.

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u/panda4sleep Apr 12 '22

This is the reason. He has an obligation to conduct his behavior in a way that doesn’t damage the company. wish your comment got more upvotes

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u/NorsiiiiR Apr 12 '22

He would have had an obligation to conduct his behaviour in a way that doesn't damage the company if he'd taken the position of board member

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u/CabbieCam Apr 12 '22

Which is what a fiduciary responsibility is.

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u/throwawaycauseInever Apr 12 '22

Plus, Musk probably didn't want to be limited on the percentage of shares he could buy. Now he's free to try a hostile takeover.

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u/hermi1kenobi Apr 12 '22

God I had to go past a lot of BS to find this. On the board you’re limited to what, 14%?

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u/theoreticallyme76 Apr 12 '22

14.9%. Hoeg Law had a great video out on this. https://youtu.be/OPi60M-UZ1M

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u/Bladelink Apr 12 '22

Ah. Here, the actual reason shakes out.

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '22 edited 15d ago

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u/morph23 Apr 12 '22

Dude this is reddit, we don't not know anything

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u/adamsaidnooooo Apr 12 '22

Spleak four yaself

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u/my_stats_are_wrong Apr 12 '22

That’s the one thing we do know!

Or Is it?

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u/KodiakPL Apr 12 '22 edited Apr 12 '22
  1. Be on Reddit

  2. Say "this is Reddit"

  3. ???

  4. Universal applause

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u/Kahnza Apr 12 '22

But speculation is fun, and rolling it into a wild rumor just gets peoples dicks raging!

edit: /s

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u/eNonsense Apr 12 '22

If there's anything we do know, it's that for all the good that Musk has brought, he can also sometimes be a clown.

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u/maracle6 Apr 12 '22

The board seat required him to sign an agreement to not own more than 14.9% of the company. So they were trading him a seat in exchange for not increasing his power as a shareholder.

As I see it, he can buy a third of Twitter for about 5-6% of his net worth, which would then only require 25% of remaining shareholders to vote with him to pass whatever he’d like. Or a full 50% for no more than 10%. From his perspective, agreeing to limit his stake is just agreeing to neuter his potential power. Why would he do it?

It’s crazy that buying Twitter for him is about as much of a burden as buying a Toyota Camry for a normal person, but here we are.

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u/SaidTheTurkey Apr 12 '22

On this other hand, it’s crazy the absolute cesspool that is Twitter is also worth that much.

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u/GooseG17 Apr 12 '22

Influence is expensive.

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u/MagikSkyDaddy Apr 12 '22

And priceless

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u/hexydes Apr 12 '22

I remember when Elon Musk used to do space things. That was fun. But I guess this is what he does now.

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u/ConfidenceNational37 Apr 12 '22

Being a super troll is a full time job

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u/alelo Apr 12 '22

if he was on the board, he would have to shut up since he would be bound to all other shareholders, so he didnt go, because this way he can say what he wants, being damaging to twitter or not

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u/papectontsicyclo Apr 12 '22

Twitter has a rule that board members cannot own more than 14.9%. If he really wanted to, he could just do a hostile takeover and buy it outright. Making Elon a board member would be a strategic move that ultimately limits how much control he can have.

I wouldn't be surprised if him rejecting a position on the board is a signal of him buying an even larger stake in the company.

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u/cerealbh Apr 12 '22

From the disclosure from twitter it seemed like the background check was the no point.

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '22 edited Apr 13 '22

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u/SoulMasterKaze Apr 12 '22

It's mostly a corporate thing, to make sure there are no conflicts of interest. An example would be if you were a majority shareholder in Qantas and then got a seat on the board of Jetstar with the specific intent or even suspicion that you might try to pass an agenda to sabotage the one you have a minority stake in.

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u/sceadwian Apr 12 '22

I may even be conservative here but half the words that come out of his mouth are agenda based sabotage.

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u/durden28 Apr 12 '22

I can't tell if he's descending into, or revealing that he's an eleven year old edgelord.

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u/kfpswf Apr 12 '22

He's getting more and more drunk on power, and gradually behaving the way he really is. He doesn't have to put up the facade of being a good guy. He's Tony Stark in his head, and that gives him right to be the edge lord.

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u/LiquidInferno25 Apr 12 '22

He genuinely wants people to believe that rhetoric. He wants people to think he's hip and cool so they don't work against him. Look at the cult following he has? That is by design to shield him.

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u/redditonlygetsworse Apr 12 '22

Maybe I’m misunderstanding, but did you just describe Musk’s obvious “11-year-old edgelord” persona as “hip and cool”?

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u/LiquidInferno25 Apr 12 '22

Sort of? I dont think that he is, I guess I should've put quotes around them. My point is he tries to seem as such by meming on Twitter to get people to like him. You or I may not think his behavior is hip or cool and we may not like him but the fact is a lot of people do. Him acting like an edglord, memelord, what have you; has gotten a lot of people to think he's not just some rich corporate asshole but that he's one of them, i.e. a shitposter on the internet.

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u/X-istenz Apr 12 '22

As an attempt to seem hip and cool.

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u/ReplyingToFuckwits Apr 12 '22

Unfortunately, being an unrepentant, childish fuckstain is "cool" these days.

It's what happens when you reduce counter-culture to "you can have all the memes you want and if they don't fill the emptiness inside you, join the far right".

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u/pataconconqueso Apr 12 '22

Def revealing. Have you seen his “before” pics lol

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u/HumunculiTzu Apr 12 '22

I think the correct answer to the question is yes.

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u/Cyan-ranger Apr 12 '22

Isn’t Jetstar owned by Qantas?

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u/FormulaLes Apr 12 '22

Yes in Australia and New Zealand.

https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/about-us/jetstar-group/jetstar-airways

Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between Qantas, Japan Airlines, and Tokyo Century Corporation.

https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/about-us/jetstar-group/jetstar-japan

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u/Fickle_Canary_5368 Apr 12 '22

So GM and railcars

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u/darkeststar Apr 12 '22

He also just violated SEC regulations for keeping his purchase in Twitter a secret, and he's been under investigation multiple times over for using his power to influence the stock market. That's the reason he had to actually "leave" his Tesla position. If he joins the board, every dumb thought he puts online suddenly faces scrutiny, and Twitter the company will be liable.

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u/iamagainstit Apr 12 '22

no, it was the fiduciary duty. Board members have a legal responsibility no to do or say things that will harm the company. Once legal explained this to Eon and he backed out.

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u/ioncloud9 Apr 12 '22

Elon owns what is classified as advanced weapons technology: the ability to launch things into orbit. He owns the largest rocket ever constructed with Starship. I think it wasn’t the background check. I think it was other aspects, probably him personally and his ideas they didn’t want.

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u/LiftPlus_ Apr 12 '22

I mean the type of check Twitter would be doing would be more about conflicts of interest and probably his history with the SEC because as a board member he’d be a fiduciary of Twitter. And he and the SEC have a lot of history.

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u/xuu0 Apr 12 '22

100% the fiduciary thing. That and board members arn't allowed to have more than 15% ownership in the company. The board position was to prevent what they thought was a hostile takeover.

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u/treerabbit23 Apr 12 '22

The SEC desperately wanting to stomp a mudhole in his ass doesn't really make it fun for Elon or Twitter if he joins the board. Just one more vector for the SEC to come after him through.

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u/reincarN8ed Apr 12 '22

Thank god, otherwise Twitter might've become a shithole platform..

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u/JayCee842 Apr 12 '22

Like Reddit?

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u/AWildEnglishman Apr 12 '22

Yeah but its our shithole platform.

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u/consideranon Apr 12 '22

You forgot the /s

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u/wiener4hir3 Apr 12 '22

Not really needed.

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u/xor_nor Apr 11 '22

I wonder what the heck happened to this whole deal...

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u/FranglaisFred Apr 12 '22

Others have cited the clause stating he couldn’t own more than 14.9% but I think the reason he dropped out was because of the requirement that he have the company’s best interest in mind when speaking about it publicly or risk getting sued by other shareholders or even the SEC. Criticizing the platform would not have been taken lightly and opened him up to constant legal risk. Also, it was made clear to Elon that he could not have a direct role in running the company or dictating company policy, which he probably is not used to and did not like.

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u/iamagainstit Apr 12 '22

This is the correct answer. Board members can't legally say or do anything that will hurt the company.

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u/NeuroticKnight Apr 12 '22

Yeah, Elon wants to shit post, and the account is guaranteed to not be banned now. So I think Elon got what he wanted.

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u/HanzJWermhat Apr 12 '22 edited Apr 12 '22

If you’re ever asked to join a board of directors either have a really good lawyer or make sure they have a good one because you’ll be sued constantly.

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u/extratoasty Apr 12 '22

Personally, whenever I spend 3 billion dollars on something, I like to think it all through to catch things like this. I'm just funny that way.

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u/BigfootAteMyBooty Apr 12 '22

So he didn't do any research before purchasing his shares?

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u/TWeaKoR Apr 12 '22

More likely it's simply in response to Vanguard buying a larger share than him. He wants to be top dog in Twitter.

Also, if he was on the board and limited to 14.9% then Vanguard could buy even more and basically tell him what to do in his position.

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u/extratoasty Apr 12 '22

How much does vanguard have?

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u/BryndleBoy Apr 12 '22

If he buys it just to delete it. That would be great.

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u/AssCrackBanditHunter Apr 12 '22

Lol he's addicted to posting

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u/Discount_Friendly Apr 12 '22

But then how would he talk to his worshippers

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u/djauralsects Apr 12 '22

Chaotic neutral.

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u/evanc3 Apr 12 '22

Not exactly neutral when he said he has considered starting his own platform...

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u/RiOrius Apr 12 '22

So you're suggesting he'd buy Twitter so he could delete it so his hypothetical knock-off could take its place?

Why wouldn't he just stop at "buy Twitter" and already own the biggest platform? Deleting it and starting over is just a big waste of time and money.

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u/Tangocan Apr 12 '22 edited Apr 12 '22

I'm not saying this confirms anything, or that I 100% agree with it, but I think it's an interesting thought:

Some billionaires seem intent on using their money to influence society, and profit/loss be damned. What else is a billionaire to do?

Rupert Murdoch, whom we all know as someone who very clearly uses his money to influence society, often loses money on his news networks.

Last year alone The Sun lost £40 million, but we all know he won't be closing it or changing it to be more profitable if it means he can't make tens of millions of people vote the way he wants.

He's not ever going to go broke, or ever have so little money that he has to consider closing it to save the pennies, so why not do whatever he feels like?

He can keep The Sun alive forever, along with every other news media he owns across the world. And that's just one of the "visible" billionaires.

Musk taking over Twitter just to shut it down in favour of his own network, or simply molding Twitter to become what he'd want it to be, is an extremely overt move - seemingly contrary to that "invisible guiding hand" notion, but then again I can't remember a time when there were so many people willing to champion "their" billionaire and shout down anyone who criticises them.

Edit: just scrolled further down the thread and yup, doting Billionaire Minions everywhere saying "thank god for him" and hoping he buys Twitter and molds it how he sees fit, to "ban the wokes", etc.

I find this all so very weird.

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u/luwop6 Apr 12 '22

Trump would love that

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u/BryndleBoy Apr 12 '22

Lol before he buys it he should delete bidens account just to piss the left off lol

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u/BadDecisionPolice Apr 12 '22

He has to be acting in the best interest of the company to be on the board. Instead Elon went trolling again about inflated numbers and nobody home at HQ. Also we don’t know if he did a pump and dump on the stock he picked up.

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u/Jake_77 Apr 12 '22

Once he was on the board, he wasn’t allowed to make the kind of obnoxious comments he continued to make. He would have had to act in the best interest of the company and its shareholders and making fun of the company is obviously not that.

Dude loves himself some attention.

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u/JohnnyButtocks Apr 12 '22

The other relevant detail of that announcement was his membership of the board would involve him having a fiduciary responsibility to the company.

I suspect he just threw a tantrum at the idea he couldn’t say what he wanted on Twitter anymore. He’s a very Trumpian figure imo. Lots of promises about how he’s going to spend his endless cash, but most of the time, it just doesn’t materialise, especially when it’s contingent on him accepting any sort of legal responsibility.

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u/Jake_77 Apr 12 '22

He’s a very Trumpian figure imo. Lots of promises about how he’s going to spend his endless cash, but most of the time, it just doesn’t materialise, especially when it’s contingent on him accepting any sort of legal responsibility.

I agree with all of this. Fuck these guys.

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u/Reggie222 Apr 12 '22

There's an agreement between him and the board that he can't join if he owns 15% or more of the company. My reading of the tea leaves ... he's going to buy another huge block of shares in the near future

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u/eigenman Apr 12 '22

or he's just pumping the shares he has so he can dump them.

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u/FaithlessnessLivid97 Apr 12 '22

It’s more likely that he’s planning to buy a larger stake. If he were to have dumped after all this the SEC would have an easy case

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u/Flat896 Apr 12 '22

And he'd probably still make more off it than they'd fine him. Same with whatever buddies he told to buy TWTR stock before the announcement was made.

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u/quienchingados Apr 12 '22

He doesn't want to take over twitter, he just wants to have access to every tweet that has been ever twitted and use it as training data for the new GPT-4 artificial intelligence.

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u/Keikobad Apr 11 '22

Next season, on Silicon Valley

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u/darkeststar Apr 12 '22

Unfortunately they already did it by showing anytime Russ Hanneman takes a controlling stake in a project. Among Elon's great ideas for renovating Twitter was giving anyone with a $3 a month subscription a verified check mark.

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u/_itspaco Apr 12 '22

And a 20 second delay edit function!

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u/Reggie222 Apr 12 '22

It would be nice to have a breathalyzer lock-out.

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u/_itspaco Apr 12 '22

Being drunk on twitter and Reddit are the number one cause of my temporary bans

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u/RustedCorpse Apr 12 '22

The only times I've logged into FB in the last year have been while drinking....

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u/RiOrius Apr 12 '22

That already exists, I believe. Or at least an undo; not sure if there's an edit, per se, but it's essentially the same thing.

But a delay edit seems fine. The thing Twitter's more concerned about would be a live edit, where you could post something, get likes and replies, and then edit your tweet to change its content (eg "I love puppies", get a bunch of likes, "I hate Jews").

There are various ways to mitigate this sort of behavior, but they all have risks, and it becomes a question of whether letting users fix typos and the like is worth the cost of letting bad actors get away with fooling gullible idiots (who are clearly more prevalent than anyone would like to believe).

But again, a delay edit/undo doesn't really have any such risks that I'm aware of. Twitter just keeps it locked behind the subscription, presumably because that maximizes profit.

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u/_itspaco Apr 12 '22 edited Apr 12 '22

I always felt that the edit button should have a strikeout of your original comment with the edit below. No word by word veto

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u/hibernating-hobo Apr 12 '22

So Russian trolls only need to pay 3dollars to seem legit?

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u/newmacbookpro Apr 12 '22

Since the dawn of time, mankind has sought to make things smaller…

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u/graves_lucian Apr 12 '22

haha i’m literally just watching the show for the first time. i just found out about this somehow and absolutely love it

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u/synth3tk Apr 12 '22

It gets a bit repetitive with its story arc over the seasons but overall it's a pretty good show.

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u/sonofaresiii Apr 12 '22

IMO the series took a turn for the worse and never recovered after the actor who played that first eccentric billionaire guy died. I enjoyed the show the whole way through, don't get me wrong-- but I think that first season or two was some of the best television I've ever seen, and after that it was just an above-average comedy (that appealed strongly to a certain demographic).

It felt like that actor dying really wrecked their plans for the show, which imo is one of the reasons it went into its repetitive cycle-- they just weren't really sure where to go with it at any given point.

e: I realize it sounds like I'm reducing that actor's death down to the negative impact it had on a TV show. Really not my intent, just wanted to discuss where I think the show went off track.

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u/ohkaycue Apr 12 '22

The character that replaced him probably would have been fine if she started with the show as well, but the fact she just felt like a knock-off version of him just made it feel watered down

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u/vmachiel Apr 12 '22

I didn't mind it that much. It was more about the digs at the real silicon valley and characters for me. I was done after 6 seasons though so it's good they ended it.

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u/baggedfeet Apr 12 '22

yeah the show is awesome! I just finished all of the seasons last week.

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u/stesch Apr 12 '22

Funny thing: During a Q&A Elon Musk answered his opinion on “Silicon Valley”, including details about certain seasons.

Elon Musks works 100 hours a week. Hmmm.

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u/Doctor_PWP Apr 11 '22

Yeah, he should just do it here.

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u/Mastr_Blastr Apr 12 '22

Elon was in Rampart?

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u/JeffersonFull Apr 12 '22

I just looked this up- this happened TEN YEARS AGO. Still feels fresh.

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '22

NO FUCKING WAY IT WAS TEN YEARS AGO

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u/pacificin67 Apr 12 '22

Didn't he already do an AMA a few years ago?

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u/jimx117 Apr 12 '22

Probably during the last time he needed a quick dogecoin pump n dump

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u/FixBayonetsLads Apr 12 '22

Poor guy. What a shitshow.

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u/Ezekiel2121 Apr 12 '22

Let’s just keep this about Rampart please.

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u/terminalxposure Apr 12 '22

No. Elon is a Rampart.

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u/meinblown Apr 12 '22

Fuck that. I don't give a fuck what some billionaire has to say about being born with an emerald spoon up his ass.

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u/whisperwrongwords Apr 11 '22

I would have loved to see the trolling battle

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u/__-__-_-__ Apr 12 '22

Ain't nobody working there that hasn't already drank the Flavor-Aid.

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u/tempis Apr 12 '22

Kudos for the correct reference. Everyone thinks it's Kool-Aid.

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u/PISS_IN_MY_SHIT_HOLE Apr 12 '22

They know it's not, they just say Kool-Aid because that's the common reference.

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u/__-__-_-__ Apr 12 '22

Do you have any adhesive bandages?

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u/Kahnza Apr 12 '22

And Kool-Aid sounds Kooler

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u/_mach Apr 12 '22

I'm not a native speaker, but isn't it "drunk", not "drank" here?

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u/drgentleman Apr 12 '22

Correct. When it's past tense, like has not and have not, in this case it is "hasn't already drunk". A lot of people confuse this when using words like ran/run, swam/swum, just because they think it sounds weird. I've noticed it become even more of a problem in the past 10 years or so (among other native English speaking people and writers) so good on you for noticing - not that I'm perfect.

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u/Efficient-Road-847 Apr 12 '22

The blatant pump/dump schemes are getting old

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u/your_fathers_beard Apr 12 '22

Not to his cult like fangirls.

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u/clogandent03 Apr 11 '22

Not possible, the only person to cancel Elon Musk is Elon Musk.

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u/JupitersClock Apr 12 '22

It would be great if I never heard from him ever again.

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u/KillerJupe Apr 12 '22 Silver Shocked

Today we see this, tomorrow we are going to see that he buys a controlling share of twitter

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u/hdjunkie Apr 12 '22

Fuck Elon Musk. I’m so tired of this guy

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u/NotErikUden Apr 12 '22

I fully heartedly agree with you. I just don't see why people defend someone who is almost a carbon copy of Jeff Bezos only because they run a meme page.

Bezos' PR Team certainly didn't think of that.

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u/thirsty_for_chicken Apr 12 '22

Stupid people see how stupid he is and think it's relatable. Makes them feel like they can also stumble into extreme wealth.

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u/kenbewdy8000 Apr 11 '22

It would have been hysterically funny and likely resulted in quite a few sackings.

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '22

This is about the time when Twitter employees should start looking for new employment opportunities.

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u/onthewingsofangels Apr 12 '22 edited Apr 27 '22

Edit : Boy, this comment aged like milk on a Phoenix sidewalk in July.

Well they probably cancelled the meeting because he's not going to be on the board. If anything the employees are likely to be relieved by that

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u/HamburgerEarmuff Apr 12 '22

I mean, I wouldn't be so sure about that if you're not a fan of him. There's a reasonable chance that the reason he rejected the offer of a board seat was because it came with too many limitations, one of them being that he wouldn't try to control the company.

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u/onthewingsofangels Apr 12 '22

Oh yeah, I wouldn't get comfortable in the long term if I disliked him influencing Twitter.

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u/SILENTSAM69 Apr 12 '22

Those who would want to leave would be the best to see removed.

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u/makeshift_gizmo Apr 12 '22

That little shit loves to stir the pot to see how the poors react.

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u/UrbanGhost114 Apr 12 '22

Correction, he stirs the pot to make money.

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u/Grayly Apr 12 '22

He has more money than he can ever spend.

This is just mental masturbation.

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u/dittbub Apr 12 '22

Why can’t anyone see that? This is someone who doesn’t know what to do with all his money… so he’s going to fuck around with one of the worlds biggest social media companies?

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u/ConfidenceNational37 Apr 12 '22

Does feel a bit like narcissist buys giant mirror

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u/Neracca Apr 12 '22

Seriously he could actually dedicate his entire rest of his life JUST to pissing away cash and it wouldn't be possible.

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u/darkeststar Apr 12 '22

Both can be true when you're the richest man in the world.

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u/Duderin0732 Apr 12 '22

Elon needs to buy reddit and ban every power moderator

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u/trymyomeletes Apr 12 '22

Misleading headline of the day! Found it. I was about to get off the toilet too… Man I’m starting to love this.

What this headline implies: Twitter used its heavy hands to prevent Musk from doing an AMA he wanted to do. Oh no! My free speech!!!! How shocking!!! Must click!!!!

What actually happened: Musk decided not to join Twitter’s board, so him doing an AMA with Twitter employees doesn’t make sense. Boring. Not clickbait!

This has been a PSA.

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u/The_Wata_Boy Apr 12 '22

Well, Twitter has been an echo chamber for the last decade. Its not surprising they don't want an outsider to communicate with them. Especially if the outsider holds major influence on changes to their company.

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u/RonPolyp Apr 12 '22

Seems like the SEC should be all the way up Elon's ass at this point.

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u/Fickle_Canary_5368 Apr 12 '22

These are trying times for Tesla/SpaceX fanboys on Reddit lol

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u/[deleted] Apr 12 '22

Elon could take a big steamy poo on his fanboys faces and they’ll justify it as him being generous by moisturizing their faces with his sacred anal mask

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u/ChatrouletteCorvette Apr 12 '22

"On Friday Tesla announced that it sold all 5,000 AnalMusk® in a record breaking 30 seconds."

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u/Rhumald Apr 12 '22

... Elon's just shit-posting in the most rich man way possible.

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u/RuthlessIndecision Apr 12 '22

Is it accepted that Elon Musk didn’t accept the board seat, so he would legally be able to buy the rest of the company and potentially get rid of the whole board..

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u/ParkSidePat Apr 12 '22

But where will we go for all the lies about what a great man the phony self made genius is?

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u/Ilikesurfing91 Apr 12 '22

Bro the hyper loop is going to work, just trust me and send me more money!

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u/NotErikUden Apr 12 '22

Adam Something viewers enter the chat

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u/Disastrous-Bonus1718 Apr 12 '22

I believe Elon didn't join the board so he could buy up more of the company and become the owner.

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u/antigop2020 Apr 12 '22

I think he is planning a hostile takeover of twitter at some point. Being on the board would mean he cannot acquire more than a 15% stake. I think he wants more

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u/laughing13 Apr 12 '22

Cancel culture we can all enjoy

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u/crystalistwo Apr 12 '22

Clearly, there is some billionaire, bologna-slice slap fights going on behind the curtain.