April 11, 2022
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Good morning, and welcome to Source Code. If there’s one thing that’s predictable about Elon Musk, it’s that he’s unpredictable, so you shouldn’t be too surprised that he’s no longer joining Twitter’s board. I’m Jamie Condliffe, and the newsletter I wrote yesterday about Elon is already very much out of date.
In a turn of events that is both surprising and also not at all surprising, Elon Musk won’t be joining Twitter's board of directors after all.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal announced the news in a tweet late Sunday. He wrote that the Tesla CEO's appointment was subject to a "background check and formal acceptance" that ultimately didn’t come through.
Elon’s ascension had proven controversial to say the least. The appointment of a director who’d broken securities laws, allowed racism to run rampant at his manufacturing plants and proposed changes to Twitter that would undermine its progress on moderating hate speech had generated considerable concern among Twitter employees.
But why did he turn down the seat? After all, he’s not exactly one to shy away from controversy. So far, we don’t really know, but there are a few factors that could have played into it.
Still, Musk spent all weekend on a Twitter criticism spree, even if none of it seemed to address his decision to skip the board seat.
What happens next? At this point, it’s probably not worth making predictions. But it’s probably safe to say the story is far from over.
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This story was updated to reflect Elon Musk's deletion of tweets since publication.