Musk Addresses Twitter Employees In Leaked First Meeting

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, addressed Twitter employees during a virtual meeting on Thursday in the midst of a potential $44 billion buyout of the social media platform.

A since-deleted tweet from Nola Weinstein, Twitter’s global head of brand experiences and engagement, quoted Musk as saying, “Trust is as trust does. I tend to be extremely literal in what I say…One does not (need) to read between the lines. One can simply read the lines,” according to reporting from The Associated Press.

In the hour-long meeting, Musk discussed his vision for the social media company, rumors surrounding potential layoffs, Chinese apps and more. Twitter employees were able to submit questions to Musk ahead of time.

“Right now, costs exceed revenue,” the Tesla CEO said when pressed about layoffs at the company. “That’s not a great situation.”

Musk also detailed his goal for the social media platform to reach 1 billion users, which is almost four times its current user base.

Undercover journalism nonprofit Project Veritas leaked a video of the entire call between Musk and the Twitter employees soon after the call took place. Clips of the video were shared on Twitter.


In the past, Musk has mentioned a goal of “authenticating all humans” on Twitter. During the meeting, he reiterated that goal, while noting that it did not mean that he would require every user to post under their own name, as pseudonyms are often necessary for people to be able to speak freely about their political views.

When questioned about whether he would be taking the position of CEO of Twitter if his purchase goes through, Musk stated that he was “not hung up on titles” but noted that he wants to be part of the driving force behind making changes to the social media platform and “wants to make sure the product evolves rapidly.”

He said that while Twitter was the best social media site for “getting a message out,” he was worried about the current state of the platform. Issues that Musk has expressed concern about in the past include censorship, bots, and spam.

At the end of the call, the Tesla CEO agreed to hold another meeting at a later date.

This meeting is the first time that Musk has met with Twitter employees since striking a $44 billion deal to purchase the social media platform.