This week could have been another long one for Twitter employees: They were scheduled to berate the company for bringing Elon Musk onto its board in a rare AMA with the controversial board member himself, but the town hall has been canceled now that Musk will no longer join the board, Bloomberg reported.
Twitter planned to hold an "ask me anything" meeting where workers could express their worries about Musk directly to him. Employees have raised concerns internally that Musk could erase some of the progress Twitter has made toward curbing hate speech and misinformation, given his criticism of the platform's content moderation policies. Those concerns were raised outside of Twitter as well.
Now, employees can breath a sigh of relief (and according to some of their tweets, they are relieved indeed). Musk reportedly decided not to join the board, though reasons why are still unclear, and workers now don't need to prepare any questions for this AMA. The timing could not be more perfect for the company, which is giving workers Monday off as a monthly day of rest, according to Bloomberg.
But even though the AMA is off, there are still lots of questions about what happens now that Musk won't join Twitter's board. The move itself is unsurprising: He would have been beholden to Twitter's code of conduct as a board member, and his stake would have been limited to 14.9%. Musk's weekend tweets, in which he suggested everything from converting Twitter's San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter to eliminating advertising from the company's Twitter Blue subscription service, indicate that the whole conduct thing would've been a nightmare. It's also possible Musk wants to acquire more of the company. The Tesla CEO holds a large stake in Twitter — about 9% — but he's no longer the company's biggest shareholder after Vanguard bought an even bigger portion.