Entrepreneur and Tesla founder Elon Musk has been outspoken for a long time about the importance of free speech in our country, especially when it comes to social media platforms.
Meanwhile, Twitter has been banning more and more accounts as the days go by. Whether someone shares information about the coronavirus vaccine or said the wrong thing about January 6, it doesn't take long for their account to be completely wiped from the Twitterverse. Musk might have a hand in changing all that, though.
Elon Musk Joined Twitter's Board of Directors
Jack Dorsey stepped down from CEO of Twitter in November 2021, and some could argue that things only went downhill from there. Parag Agrawal has since taken over as Twitter's chief executive. Agrawal and Musk have been in close conversation over the last few weeks and it was just announced today that Musk will join Twitter's board of directors. This came right after Musk became the largest shareholder in the company, holding a 9.2% stake. Musk has agreed that he won't own more than 14.9% or take over the company, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board!" Agrawal tweeted. "Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board."
Musk responded, "Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!"
Musk has been critical of Twitter in the past for prohibiting free speech too often on the platform. Multiple people are already asking him to reinstate the many banned accounts, including and especially the Twitter account of former President Donald J. Trump.
But one of the most exciting prospects that could come to Twitter soon is an edit button. People have been asking for this for years, mostly out of frustration that they notice a grammatical or spelling error just seconds after their tweet is sent.
Multiple Twitter execs and board members have been showing their support for Musk's participation on the board of directors. Even Jack Dorsey chimed in with his support. "I'm really happy Elon is joining the Twitter board!" he said. "He cares deeply about our world and Twitter's role in it."
There are plenty of people out there who are still skeptical that having Elon on the board will make any difference for people who routinely find themselves in fear of being kicked off the platform, but only time will tell.