Selective Leaks of Earlier Discussions & Coverage Debates In The Title of ‘Transparency’ Would Put Twitter Staff At Danger
Typing “I do know this makes me sound like a loopy particular person however..” as a weblog submit opener is often an excellent motive to shut my browser window and take a stroll. However hey, it’s 2022, let’s soldier onward…
Because it was introduced that Twitter’s Board of Administrators and Elon Musk had reached an settlement to pursue a sale of the corporate there’s been a whole lot of hypothesis about how the service might change beneath his possession.
Personally I’ve been upfront about my distaste for his model of abusive shitposting, impressed by his will to get issues performed, and saddened by the dearth of vigor from Twitter’s Board and C-suite.
However I imagine in capitalism and the need of markets, so if Elon finally ends up as proprietor I’m not going to cry liberal tears and shut my account ASAP, I’m simply going to shrug and see how issues do. I’ve already modified my relationship with the service earlier within the pandemic, eradicating 98% of the accounts I’d beforehand adopted and, because of this, spending a lot much less time letting different folks insert themselves into my day. Nevertheless because the press covers Musk’s antics and speculates what the corporate’s content material insurance policies could possibly be going ahead to suit one particular person’s mutated model of ‘free speech,’ there’s one other concern that’s not getting sufficient consideration IMO: what’s about to occur to Twitter workers.
No, not their inventory choices or employment (job cuts are nearly definitely coming however we’re in a sturdy marketplace for expertise and I’m assuming there are already many people proactively in search of new alternatives), however the inside communications that sit inside HQ. Particularly, the years of emails and paperwork that element debates over coverage and authorized stances. The prospect of those getting selectively leaked by a brand new proprietor (or their proxy cutouts) simply went up.
Get ready for what appears like ‘embarrassing’ revelations round off the document chats, correspondence with politicians, poorly phrased questions or ideas, and even an exploration of potential coverage outcomes that appears biased. Sure buddies, TwikiLeaks is looming.
Keep in mind Musk has his household workplace supervisor use a pseudonym to rent a personal investigator to dig up invented pedo grime on somebody who challenged him.
And is grossly slamming Twitter authorized and belief & security executives.
You don’t assume publishing some “skeletons within the closet” within the identify of transparency is beneath him or his hangers on? Like I stated at the start, I do know this makes me sound like a loopy particular person….
If I labored at Twitter I’d be utilizing the subsequent few months (the deal remains to be pending) to cut back my PII footprint, change passwords/2FA accounts and so forth. Oh, and Twitter administration ought to supply one thing like Tall Poppy as a profit.
Look, possibly I’m overreacting and this is able to be past the pale for the brand new proprietor or group, who do must maintain the service working as a enterprise (or at the very least I feel he does, who is aware of). However the probability of one thing like this occurring simply went up and final time we had Pizzagate as an consequence.