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Elon Musk Twitter updates: Micromanaging, far-right return

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News about San Francisco tech company Twitter is starting to slow down just two days before Thanksgiving. But that hasn’t stopped Elon Musk, its Chief Twit, from tweeting a whole lot of noise — from the mundane to the genuinely concerning.

Here is what you need to know about Musk’s Twitter today.

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Elon Musk is reportedly micromanaging remaining Twitter workers

Nov. 22, 1:30 p.m.

According to recent estimates, about 2,700 employees are still at Twitter after multiple rounds of layoffs.

Those who have stuck around are now apparently being subject to micromanagement by the Chief Twit. According to a Monday report by the Verge’s Alex Heath, the workers who are sticking around are now being forced to send weekly emails to Musk himself — not even a manager or supervisor — with full summaries of what they’ve been working on during the week. Engineers must also send samples of code they’ve written.

“Perhaps not unreasonable to know if anything was accomplished,” Musk said in response to a tweet about the updates.

Elon Musk explains continued Alex Jones ban

Nov. 22, 1:30 p.m.

Elon Musk doesn’t seem to plan on letting Infowars host and Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back on Twitter.

After Musk was pressed by Kim Dotcom, the controversial founder and chief executive of file-sharing site Megaupload, about not letting Jones back on the platform, Musk provided a fairly candid response.

“My firstborn child died in my arms,” Musk said Sunday. “I felt his last heartbeat. I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame.”

Musk is referring to his first child, Nevada, with ex-wife Justine Musk. The newborn died in 2002 from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at 10 weeks old.

Jones was banned in 2018 for violating Twitter’s “abusive behavior” policy, weeks after a defamation lawsuit was filed in Connecticut court against him by parents of Sandy Hook mass shooting victims. (Jones now owes more than $1 billion in damages across lawsuits.)

That said, Musk’s implementation of “total” free speech has been inconsistent. In recent days, after Trump and Ye’s return to Twitter, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account and Project Veritas’ account have been reinstated. He also tweeted to (and effectively platformed) far-right conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza Tuesday.



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