Many Twitter employees reportedly went "absolutely insane" on Monday after Elon Musk's acquisition of the social media platform was finalized.
Immediately after the $44 billion purchase was announced, Twitter employees began voicing outrage and shock in private chat rooms. A New York Times reporter described internal communication channels as "absolutely insane."
"I feel like im going to throw up..I [really] don’t wanna work for a company that is owned by Elon Musk," one Twitter employee told a New York Times reporter.
"I don’t [really] know what I’m supposed to do…oh my god, my phone’s been blowing up," that employee continued. "I feel like he’s this petulant little boy and that he’s doing this to troll…he doesn’t know anything about our policies and what we do…his statement about our [algorithm] was f***ing insane… Were just gonna let everyone run amok?…nobody knows."
Another employee wrote in a since-deleted tweet that they were "in need of a stiff drink."
The Daily Beast reported that another Twitter employee wrote on Blind, an anonymous social media platform, that "Musk is dishonest, clueless and mentally ill." One employee even bashed fellow employees who support Musk, saying, "Elon fan boys are braindead mouth breathers."
Company leaders held an all-staff meeting with employees Monday afternoon. A chief concern among them was Musk's promise to transform Twitter into a platform that embraces free speech.
According to the Washington Post, employees are worried Musk will break down the "safeguards" Twitter has implemented "to protect" its users from content that Twitter deems is "harmful" or "unsafe" or misinformation. Other employees are worried about their permanent work-from-home situation, while others expressed concern about their company stock and whether layoffs are in the future, the New York Times reported.
However, some Twitter employees also expressed optimism about the future of their workplace.
"Elon did not tie up 20 percent of his net worth to destroy Twitter," one employee told the Washington Post. "I personally think a change like this may be what Twitter needs."
Even Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey endorsed Musk's purchase.
"In principle, I don't believe anyone should own or run Twitter," he reacted. "It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company however, Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness."
Despite the weeping and gnashing of teeth by some employees, Musk has not announced any changes to Twitter.
Instead, Musk released a statement after his purchase expressing desire to improve Twitter — not destroy it.
"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," Musk said.
"I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential — I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it," he added.
Meanwhile, Twitter locked out employees from making changes to Twitter's source code, preventing angry employees from sabotaging the platform, Bloomberg reported.