Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s chief legal officer and general counsel, cried during an all-staff virtual meeting Monday to discuss the ramifications of billionaire entrepreneur and free speech advocate Elon Musk buying the company, Politico reported.
Gadde — who was key to Twitter’s decisions to ban former President Donald Trump and suppress the New York Post’s Hunter Biden story around the 2020 election — broke down while expressing concerns about the future of the company under Musk, per Politico.
- Replying Tuesday to a tweet highlighting the report, Musk called Twitter’s decision to suspend the Post’s account for sharing the Biden article “incredibly inappropriate.”
- Around the same time, right-wing activist group Project Veritas published audio from an internal Twitter meeting about Musk’s takeover — which focused on employees’ concerns about his plans to loosen content moderation.
Also Tuesday, video that apparently leaked from an Amazon virtual therapy session showed an employee crying over the company’s role in selling a children’s book by conservative commentator Matt Walsh.
More from the Amazon therapy session for trauma from Matt Walsh’s books: They accuse Matt of hate speech and the host literally breaks down in tears. Attendees are warned “brace yourself” before a clip of Matt reading his book is played. We are living in different realities. pic.twitter.com/naxlcG7RvD
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) April 26, 2022
“Johnny the Walrus,” Walsh’s light-hearted critique of gender ideology, shot to the top of Amazon’s “LGBTQ+ Books” chart in December, much to the dismay of participants in the call.
- “It’s been a very traumatic experience for transgender Amazonians and our transgender customers,” said the employee, removing his glasses and appearing to wipe away tears.
Twitter and Amazon were the latest in a series of Big Tech companies to experience internal woke uprisings.
- Workers at Spotify have expressed outrage over the streaming service’s hosting of Joe Rogan’s popular podcast despite his “problematic” opinions.
- Hundreds of Netflix employees staged a walk-out in October to protest the company’s platforming of comedian Dave Chapelle’s allegedly “transphobic” stand-up special.
- Last month, Disney employees dissatisfied with the company’s response to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill walked off the job.