Elon Musk stepped down as the CEO of the company a few months ago after consulting with his followers on Twitter. The vast majority of users voted for Elon to leave the position for the greater good. Linda Yaccarino was appointed in his place.
Linda Yaccarino, the CEO of X, appeared at the 2023 Code Conference on September 27th and spoke with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin about the platform formerly known as Twitter.
Unfortunately, her responses about the company’s direction were not reassuring and indicated a possible rift with its owner, Elon Musk.
The fact that the owner of the company doesn’t inform the CEO doesn’t look good
At a crucial moment midway through the interview, the executive mentioned that the leadership of the social media platform might not be aware of Musk’s plans to impose a mandatory monthly fee for Twitter/X users.
Elon Musk announced his intention to make this change earlier this month, stating it was “the only way” he could think of to combat bots.
However, when asked to confirm Elon Musk’s plans to turn Twitter into a paid website, Yaccarino was unable to respond to any questions regarding it.
“Did he say we were specifically moving to that, or that he’s thinking about it?” Yaccarino inquired, after first asking Boorstin to repeat the question.
“He said that was the plan,” Boorstin responded. “Did he consult with you before announcing it?” “We talk about everything,” Yaccarino said, refusing to give a direct answer, sounding much like when someone doesn’t want to provide a concise response.
Yaccarino then proceeded to evade the question for several minutes, even though it was asked for the third time, choosing instead to shift the focus towards her role at Twitter/X and praise Musk.
If there’s any glimmer of hope, it’s that Yaccarino’s apparent ignorance about Musk’s monetization plans might indicate that it hasn’t been seriously discussed.