Elon Musk may take over as temporary CEO of Twitter

San Francisco, May 5 (IANS) Elon Musk is likely to take over as a temporary CEO of Twitter when the $44 billion takeover deal is through, the media reported on Thursday.

According to a CNBC report, Musk has detailed the plans in presentations to possible funders for the takeover.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has been leading the micro-blogging platform since November, after taking over the helm from Jack Dorsey.

CNBC’s David Faber, who first broke the news about Dorsey stepping down as Twitter CEO, has now claimed that Musk will be the temporary CEO at the company for a few months.

A fresh US SEC filing on Thursday also revealed that Musk has secured nearly $7.14 billion in equity commitments from friends and other investors to acquire Twitter.

Musk received $1 billion from Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and $5 million from Honeycomb Asset Management, which invested in his SpaceX company, the report mentioned.

Twitter stock jumped nearly 3 per cent after the latest news, while Tesla’s shares went down more than 4 per cent.

Amid fear of mass exodus from Twitter, employees last week grilled Agrawal about their uncertain future once Musk takes over.

In a town hall meeting on Friday, the employees demanded answers from Agrawal as to how the company is planning to handle an “anticipated mass exodus prompted by Musk”.

Agrawal replied that he believes “the future Twitter organisation will continue to care about its impact on the world and its customers”.

Twitter under Agrawal fears that Musk’s ‘free speech’ agenda can hurt its $4.5 billion a year advertising business.

Advertisers are having nightmares as free speech can hamper their prospects on the platform as their brand’s name may appear alongside hate speech and abusive or dangerous content without moderation.

Nearly 26 activist organisations and NGOs have signed a letter to Twitter advertisers, asking them to boycott the platform if Musk makes content moderation changes.