Last Thursday, Elon Musk finally made the purchase of Twitter, the social network with more than 436 million active users. On multiple occasions, the billionaire has been against the restrictions of the platform to combat disinformation and harassment, since it considers them exaggerated and against “freedom of expression”.
In this context, A video allegedly showing Musk firing Vijaya Gadde live has gone viral (director of the legal, public policy and trust area at Twitter) during a podcast program “The Joe Rogan Experience”. Nevertheless, Although the executive was expelled from the company by the owner of Tesla, this decision was not broadcast live. The video is a parody that has been considered real by many people.
He did fire Vijaya Gadde, but not “directly”
Indeed, as pointed out Infobaeone of the first decisions of the billionaire was to terminate the contract to the three main positions of the firm: CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and Vijaya. The platform will have to spend a little more than 120 million dollars on the compensation of the three, as calculated by CNN.
Many users on social networks have celebrated the decision of the also owner of SpaceX, since the former executive responsibility for indefinitely suspending the account of the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, as well as to veto other figures.
The notice about the dismissals would have been given internally and confidentially, since to date there is no official communication from Twitter in this regard (1,two,3). The scoop was given anonymously by three company employees to Washington Post. The article does not contain snapshots of the moment.
The video, a parody
The widely shared video is actually a satirical edit that combines separate speeches by Vijaya Gadde and Elon Musk on the podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”.
First of all, it features a watermark by artist Damon Imani (@damonimani) that is dedicated to making this type of humorous contentand was first posted on Twitter on October 28.
The clip begins with an intervention by Vijaya: “I do believe that we have failed in some ways and I want to admit that.” This speech is followed by a speech from Musk: “Failure comes with a great penalty. You are fired”.
The images and words of the executive were taken from the episode #1258 of the program (specifically, of the minute 26:31), broadcast on March 5, 2019. There, he debated with Jack Dorsey and Tim Pool about his position and that of Twitter regarding the restrictions that apply on the platform.
For its part, the images of Elon Musk were extracted from the chapter #1169 (in which he discussed his project to improve traffic in Los Angeles and Neuralink). While his voice, according to Damon’s statements for Verifier, is from a video in which he talks about business management. The artist also added:
“I look at all the podcasts I’m working on, cut out sound clips and add fade effects to them to build sentences. It doesn’t always sound natural, but it works in some cases.”
The clip in which Elon Musk supposedly fires Vijaya Gadde on a live show is a parody, therefore we qualify the information as false.
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