Twitter CEO: ‘We should be ready for all eventualities’

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal acknowledged the chance that Elon Musk’s deal to buy the corporate might fall by means of in a collection of tweets this afternoon that sought to elucidate why he’s shaking up Twitter’s management. Agrawal mentioned that he’s nonetheless “accountable for main and working” Twitter in the meanwhile and that his current adjustments are supposed to “construct a stronger Twitter” and assist handle prices.

“Whereas I anticipate the deal to shut, we should be ready for all eventualities and at all times do what’s proper for Twitter,” Agrawal mentioned.

His remarks come after Musk tweeted this morning that his $44 billion buy of Twitter is “quickly on maintain” over considerations about spam and faux accounts. Whereas it’s completely unclear whether or not Musk can really pause the deal — Matt Levine at Bloomberg says placing a deal on maintain “shouldn’t be a factor” — the remarks had been nonetheless sufficient to ship Twitter’s inventory plummeting round 10 p.c immediately, scaring off traders over the priority that the settlement might fall by means of.

Agrawal now has two sizable issues: Musk, who’s threatening to tug out of the deal, and his personal firm, which has now been shaken each by the chaotic acquisition deal and Agrawal’s newly introduced hiring freeze and dismissal of two prime product leaders.

On Thursday, Agrawal introduced the departures of Kayvon Beykpour and Bruce Falck, who led Twitter’s client and income merchandise, respectively. He additionally introduced that the corporate was “pausing most hiring and backfills” and making an attempt to cut back prices elsewhere.

“I gained’t use the deal as an excuse to keep away from making vital choices for the well being of the corporate, nor will any chief at Twitter,” Agrawal wrote immediately. He mentioned to “anticipate extra change for the higher” whereas he stays CEO.

In a followup to his “quickly on maintain” tweet Friday morning, Musk famous that he was “nonetheless dedicated to acquisition.” On Friday night, Twitter chairman Bret Taylor mentioned in a quote tweet that “we’re too. We stay dedicated to our settlement.”

Replace Might thirteenth, 8:10PM ET: Added tweet from Bret Taylor.

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