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SAN FRANCISCO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, has handed over his duties to Linda Yaccarino, a top World Economic Forum official and recently-resigned Comcast NBCUniversal executive.
After about six months leading Twitter, Musk announced that he'd be relinquishing his current role and will transition to executive chair and chief technology officer, wherein he'll oversee product, software and system operations.
Musk broke the news today, tweeting, "I am excited to welcome Linda Yaccarino as the new CEO of Twitter!"
Yaccarino currently chairs the World Economic Forum's Taskforce on Future of Work, and recently stepped down as chairman of Comcast NBCUniversal's Global Advertising and Partnerships team.
Comcast NBCUniversal announced today that Yaccarino is leaving her post as the long-tenured executive. Yaccarino stated in a press release today, "It has been an absolute honor to be part of Comcast NBCUniversal and lead the most incredible team."
Back in 2020, Yaccarino praised her bosses at Comcast NBCUniversal for spending $100 million to "fight social justice and equality," and she also gloated about her company hiring "50% of women and 50% people of color."
On top of Yaccarino's push for more diversity, equity and inclusion, she also played a major role in promoting the COVID-19 so-called vaccine, stating in 2020, "Know the facts! The @AdCouncil is working to inform Americans on why we MUST embrace an FDA-approved #Covid vaccine and how to go about it."
Yesterday, when word was going around that Yaccarino might be the one filling Musk's role, many users expressed their concern. For example, two social media influencers, Jackson Hinkle and Luke Rudcowski, complained that Yaccarino would likely ban them for their opinions, but Musk assured them on Thursday, "That will not be the case."
As of last month, Musk has fired over 80% of Twitter employees since he took over as the CEO in November of 2022. The number of staff has gone from around 8,000 to 1,500.
Before Musk took over, Twitter suspended many influential accounts — accounts that opposed Twitter executives' political agenda. For example, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Babylon Bee, Jordan Peterson, Andrew Tate and Project Veritas were all banned from Twitter. But when Musk took over, he reinstated those accounts.
On top of allowing people, for the most part, to say what they want, Twitter has recently updated many aspects of its platform to make it more attractive to content makers and influencers. For instance, Musk just announced that users can now post over an hour of video on Twitter.
Because of Musk's leadership over the past six months, many big names are recognizing Twitter as the main free speech platform in the world.
Tucker Carlson, for instance, who was just fired from Fox News, just announced that he's bringing his show to Twitter. (That announcement has had about 130 million views.)
Although Yaccarino is the new CEO of Twitter, Musk claims that it will not go back to the shadow-banning days of the previous leadership.