Co-founder Jack Dorsey allegedly whispered in Elon Musk’s ear that Twitter should be private
Dorsey, who stepped down as Twitter CEO in November, publicly and warmly supported Musk’s purchase, saying he was a “one-size-fits-all” solution to run Twitter.
Peter Thiel and David Sacks are apparently two of the people who encouraged Musk, according to the Journal. Like Musk, Thiel and Sacks are former PayPal mavens who are often referred to as the “PayPal Mafia” due to the clout many have accrued in tech after helping found the payments company.
Musk’s relationship with Dorsey was evident over a period of time, the WSJ reported.
Their online friendliness and general bromance began in 2016 and grew from there, Insider reported.
According to unnamed former Twitter executives who spoke to the Journal, both Musk and Dorsey apparently felt that Twitter would function better as a private company and should be seen less as a profit machine and more as a positive utility. for the public.
Musk and his associates have repeatedly expressed interest in reforming people banned from Twitter or are annoyed that people have been removed, according to the WSJ report.
The outlet mentioned that Charles Johnson, who was banned from Twitter for raising money to ‘take out’ a BLM activist, texted the head of Musk’s personal investment office, about buying Twitter and asked him when he could get his account back.
“Hopefully soon,” chief investment officer Jared Birchall apparently replied, according to the Journal.
But as the WSJ story noted, he’s not too bothered by the controversy, and probably never was: In 2018, in a now-public email, Musk told a consultant in public relations that he was not going to tweet less.
“I will tweet as I wish and suffer the consequences and so on,” he wrote.
Musk, Dorsey and Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Read the full Journal article here.