Elon Musk Ousts Parag Agrawal: Twitter Takeover Over Account Dispute

By Consultants Review Team Monday, 12 February 2024

The recent takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk has been shrouded in speculation, with many questioning the motives behind the acquisition. However, new details emerge suggesting that Musk's decision to assume control of the social media giant was driven by personal rather than purely professional reasons. A report from an upcoming book titled "Battle for the Bird" by Bloomberg's Kurt Wagner sheds light on Musk's motivations, revealing that he removed Parag Agrawal, the former CEO of Twitter, because Agrawal refused to ban an account that was causing trouble for Musk.

According to excerpts from the book, Musk had urged Agrawal to ban the "ElonJet" Twitter account, maintained by American programmer Jack Sweeney, which tracked Musk's carbon footprint. Agrawal's refusal to comply allegedly fueled Musk's decision to acquire Twitter, ultimately leading to Agrawal's dismissal.

The saga dates back to early 2022 when Musk reportedly offered Sweeney $5,000 to stop tracking his movements, a request countered by Sweeney with a demand for $50,000 or an internship. When negotiations failed, Musk opted to block Sweeney's personal Twitter account instead. The "ElonJet" account was later banned following an incident where a stalker targeted a vehicle carrying Musk's two-year-old son, prompting Musk to take legal action against Sweeney and affiliated entities.

Notably, Sweeney has recently made headlines again for allegedly stalking and harassing musician Taylor Swift by monitoring her jet activity, raising concerns about privacy and online harassment. The book suggests that Musk's interactions with Twitter, including the dismissal of Agrawal, played a pivotal role in his decision to acquire the platform. Musk eventually bought Twitter for $44 million in October 2022 after unsuccessful attempts to secure a seat on its board of directors.

In March 2022, Elon Musk reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with Agrawal's leadership style, indicating a preference for a more assertive approach within the company. Agrawal's removal underscores the intricate relationship between tech titans and social media platforms, highlighting the significant influence individuals like Musk wield in shaping online discourse and corporate governance.

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