Elon Musk texts Jack Dorsey and Parag Agrawal detailing turbulent Twitter negotiations

A portion of Elon Musk’s private messages have been made public as part of his ongoing lawsuit with Twitter. Messages are revealed in a On Thursday, new light was shed on Musk’s behind-the-scenes negotiations with Twitter’s leadership, as well as discussions with former CEO Jack Dorsey, and how Musk’s conversations with CEO Parag Agrawal quickly soured.

The messages include the moment Musk tells Agrawal that he wants to get Twitter and make it private, instead of joining the board. Agrawal faces Musk on April 9 Asking if Twitter is dying.

Agrawal writes to Mask:

You are free to tweet “Is Twitter dying?” Or anything else about Twitter – but it’s my responsibility to tell you that it’s not helping me improve Twitter in the current context. Next time we talk, I’d like to introduce you [sic] Perspective on the level of inner distraction in the moment and how it is done [sic] It harms our ability to do work. I hope the AMA helps people get to know you, understand why you believe in Twitter, and trust you — and I would like the company to get to a place where we’re more flexible and not distracted but we’re not there now.

Musk responded less than a minute later. “What did you do this week? I am not joining the board of directors. This is a waste of time. We will make an offer to make Twitter private.”

Twitter CEO Brett Taylor followed up Musk a few minutes later with a request to speak. “Fixing Twitter by chatting with Parag won’t work,” Musk tells Taylor. “Strict action is needed. It’s hard to do as a public company, because purges of fake users will make the numbers look horrific, so it needs to be restructured as a private company. That’s Jack’s opinion as well.”

The messages also provide a glimpse into the relationship between Dorsey and Musk. Dorsey has that “Elon is the only solution I can trust,” but he hasn’t commented publicly since Musk filed a lawsuit in an attempt to undo the acquisition.

But in the newly released messages, it’s clear that Dorsey has wanted Musk to take an active role on Twitter for some time. Dorsey told Musk that he wanted him to join Twitter’s board of directors long before Musk took a big stake in the company.

“Back when we had the activist come, I tried so hard to get on our board and our board said no. That was the time I decided I needed to work to leave, as it was hard for me,” Dorsey says. “I think the main reason is that the board is just so much risk averse and saw that adding you was more of a risk, even though I was completely stupid and backward, but I only had one vote, 3% of the company, and no dual class shares. It’s hard. Set up. We can discuss more.”

Dorsey seems to be referring to The activist investor who tried Dorsey in early 2020.

Notably, this conversation took place in late March, after Musk did it A multi-billion dollar stake in Twitter, but before his stake is done . He and Dorsey also discussed the Twitter co-founder’s belief that Twitter “can’t be a company.”

Dorsey writes to Mask:

I think it should be an open source protocol, funded by an organization of sorts that doesn’t own the protocol, just develops it. A bit like what Signal did. It cannot have an ad form. Otherwise, you will have space that governments and advertisers will try to influence and control. If there is a central entity behind it, it will be attacked. This isn’t a complicated job, it needs to be done right, so it’s flexible for what happened to Twitter.

Musk responds that the idea is “very exciting” and that “it’s worth trying to move Twitter in a better direction and do something new and decentralized.”

The following month, Dorsey also attempted to play the middleman between Musk and Agrawal, at one point arranging a call between the three of them. “You and I totally agree,” Musk said to Dorsey. “Barague moves very slowly and tries to please people who will not be happy no matter what he does.”

Dorsey later replied, “At least it becomes clear that you can’t work together.” “That was obvious.”

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