Sunday, May 19, 2024

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Apologizes for Musk Mess: “I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly”


On Twitter, founder Jack Dorsey is apologized for the mess with Elon Musk.

He writes: “Folks at Twitter past and present are strong and resilient. They will always find a way no matter how difficult the moment. I realize many are angry with me. I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologize for that.

He adds: “I am grateful for, and love, everyone who has ever worked on Twitter. I don’t expect that to be mutual in this moment…or ever…and I understand.”

Dorsey is apologizing because in the last two days, over 3,700 Twitter staff have been laid off by Musk including most of the executives. Musk is also charging $8 for accounts to retain or have the verified blue check mark next to their names.

Musk bought the company for $44 billion after a long haggle over its actual worth. He immediately restored a lot of objectionable accounts including Kanye West, who responded by making objectionable and crazy posts.

Musk, who is active on Twitter, is likely to respond to Dorsey’s post shortly.

Meanwhile, thousands of people — maybe a million — including celebrities and influencers — have left Twitter. So have advertisers, some of whom have put their accounts on hold, others who have cancelled, completely.

Dorsey is now beta-testing a new Twitter called “Bluesky.” Other platforms to challenge Twitter have started popping up. One is called Mastadon, another is Tribel Social. They can be found in app stores for both Android and Apple.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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