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Just hours after the $44 billion bid from Tesla CEO Elon Musk was accepted by Twitter shareholders, the social media company locked changes to its source code to prevent enraged leftists at the company from making retaliatory, unauthorized changes to the platform.
According to Bloomberg, which cited unnamed sources, the step was taken to ensure that disgruntled employees did not take their wrath out on the social media platform.
“Twitter imposed the temporary ban to keep employees who may be miffed about the deal from ‘going rogue,’ according to one of the people… Many of the company’s employees have been agitated about the idea of Musk taking charge and what changes may come,” the media outlet reported.
At least temporarily, Twitter will not allow updates to the platform unless they are “business-critical.” Any such changes will have to be approved by the vice-president of the company. The company is now a private entity totally under the control of Elon Musk. There is reportedly no longer a board of directors.
A software company that has to lock down its own product's source code to prevent its own employees from making unauthorized alterations out of retaliation, kinda admits they have a massive problem and have had massive problems for a long while…$TWTR #Twitter https://t.co/6NsqU30mrO
— ApparentlyExempt (@apparentlyexemp) April 25, 2022
Conservative Human Events host Jack Posobiec posted comments by Twitter employees who were enraged that Musk was taking the company private. Some of those sentiments included claims of “Elon being a troll and ignorant of Twitter policies” and his “inability to monitor toxicity on the platform.”
Twitter employees are having breakdowns pic.twitter.com/xIPcty2x6z
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 25, 2022
Disclose.tv tweeted that employees had added an empty public repository called “the-algorithm” on Github before the source code was frozen.
“JUST IN – Twitter employees apparently added a public repository called ‘the-algorithm’ on the platform’s Github account shortly before the source code was locked. Musk said he wanted to make the Twitter algorithm open source,” Disclose.tv stated.
“For non-techies: It seems that some developers at Twitter wanted to send a message to Elon Musk by uploading this empty software repository,” the account added.
MORE – For non-techies: It seems that some developers at Twitter wanted to send a message to Elon Musk by uploading this empty software repository.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) April 25, 2022
So many people have no idea why an entire political ideology has an issue with @elonmusk taking over @Twitter. Just wait until Musk releases the source code – you have no idea how much you've been manipulated by sources you've believed had your best interests at heart.
— Chris Gachko 🇺🇸 (@CGachko) April 25, 2022
During a meeting with Twitter employees on Monday, CEO Parag Agrawal attempted to quiet the panic among staff, according to The New York Times.
“He wants Twitter to be a powerful, positive force in the world, just like all of us,” Agrawal told them. “He believes Twitter matters.”
Employees were reportedly informed that there would be no layoffs or other major changes during the next six months until the deal is finalized, according to the Daily Mail.
This is not the first time that Twitter has locked updates to its own source code. It was previously done before major events such as the Super Bowl to prevent “mistakes from appearing and ensure continuity.”
Musk previously stated that he had no faith in the company’s management and would be unable to unlock and fulfill Twitter’s true potential with them in charge. He took the company private in order to have full control over restoring free speech to the platform and it is rumored he will clean house now that he is at the helm.
🚀💫♥️ Yesss!!! ♥️💫🚀 pic.twitter.com/0T9HzUHuh6
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022
The Musk universe is expanding rapidly. Not only does he own Tesla and SpaceX, but he is also the co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI and the founder of The Boring Company. Social media giant Twitter is now a part of his massive holdings and the tech tycoon is evidently just getting started.
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