Twitter’s chief lawyer – seen as the social network’s leading advocate for conservative censorship – is among well-paid executives who stand to lose their jobs if Elon Musk completes his takeover of the company.
Vijaya Gadde, who earned $17 million last year as Twitter’s chief legal counsel, could be on the chopping block as Musk reportedly plans to cut jobs and cut executive salaries as he is seeking funding for its Twitter offering.
After revealing his intention to acquire the company earlier this month, Musk expressed “no confidence” in Twitter’s current management – which doesn’t bode well for their future once he takes the helm. later this year.
Nevertheless, Gadde is also likely to win a nice consolation prize if she is laid off: a severance package worth $12.5 million that includes the accelerated acquisition of a treasure trove of Twitter shares that she has accumulated.
Gadde, 48, who reportedly broke down in tears while addressing colleagues about the future of Twitter, has become a lightning rod for controversy in recent days, largely due to Musk himself, who tweeted a meme that painted her as oblivious to “liberal bias” on Twitter.
The meme is inspired by an appearance by Gadde and his former boss, former CEO Jack Dorsey, on Joe Rogan’s podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” in 2019.
During that appearance, conservative journalist Tim Pool confronted Dorsey and Gadde about instances in which right-wing voices were banned from Twitter.
Musk’s tweet along with a critical tweet from journalist Saagar Enjeti, who called Gadde Twitter the “top censorship advocate” who “censored the Hunter Biden laptop story,” prompted Twitter users pro-Musk to criticize her.
Musk also implicitly criticized Gadde, calling Twitter’s decision to block links to The New York Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop “obviously incredibly inappropriate.”
The article was banned by major social media sites in the weeks before the election, with Twitter justifying the censorship charges by calling the story “content obtained through hacking containing private information”.
Many mainstream media also attempted to discredit the Post article, only to later report on its veracity long after President Joe Biden was elected.
In response to the flood of online criticism directed at Gadde earlier this week, another senior Twitter executive defended her and accused Musk of “misogyny”.
Lara Cohen, Twitter’s global partner manager, also shared messages of support for Leslie Berland, the company’s chief marketing officer who was caught in an audio leak suggesting that Musk’s free speech plans put them in “a very difficult position”.
“Color me shocked that people are coming for two of our prominent female executives on the first day of this thing,” Cohen tweeted late Tuesday.
She also shared a tweet attacking Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley for pointing out that a tearful Gadde was “the same one who led the charge to censor the Hunter Biden laptop reports. Say it all.”
Hawley called on the world’s richest man to also investigate the company’s old ways, including widespread account suspensions as well as reports of shadowbans suppressing votes.
In an official letter, he called on Musk to also investigate “who was responsible for deliberately suppressing now justified reporting from the New York Post on Hunter Biden’s laptop and business dealings.
New York Post