Elon Musk has been wasting no time since officially acquiring Twitter as he reportedly fired a woman who played a role in the bathing of former US President Donald Trump. Vijaya Gadde, who served as head of the Legal, Politics and Trust Department, was one of many key figures to leave the company after Musk’s deal closed, signaling a huge change in how the site will deal with harassment and account bans in the future.
Gadde’s apparent firing comes at a time when Musk plans to lift all lifetime bans, including Trump. He also stated that he only wants content to be removed from the site if required by law, which is contrary to Twitter’s previous policy of blocking content for various reasons such as targeted harassment, spam and hate speech.
News of Gadde’s ouster comes from various outlets, shedding light on the chaotic first day of Musk’s ownership of Twitter, which saw several of the company’s key figures removed from their posts. At the moment, it is known that along with Gadde, Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and General Counsel Sean Edgett left. All four are said to have been “hurriedly” escorted out of the building.
Musk was publicly critical of Gadde before the $44 billion acquisition of the company was completed, so her dismissal came as no surprise. Gadde quickly removed her position at the company from her Twitter biography, suggesting that she too was anticipating the news.