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Nov 22 11 tweets 5 min read
We're live, talking about the future of this website/app.

@alexeheath, @mingle74, @GerberKawasaki, and @losangelista are with us.

Data scientist @mingle74 worked on content moderation at Twitter before being laid off.

"It was an extremely stressful and chaotic time. Even before the purchase, Musk had made statements disparaging content moderation - so we had a target on our backs."
"There's real concern that the people who know how to keep Twitter running are leaving in droves," says @alexeheath.

"There's concern - and some evidence - that the platform will start breaking down in real time."
"I'm in a private WhatsApp group with about 30 former [Twitter] workers," says @mingle74. "When they left, they were forced to sign an NDA [...] They don't want to do anything to jeopardize their severance. We've already seen how vindictive Musk can be."
"People on visas couldn't come up with alternate plans for their future, or afford to lose employment," notes @alexeheath.

"Of course they opted in to 'hardcore Twitter' - they didn't have an option."
"People are giving Musk a hard time when they have no idea how difficult what he's trying to do is," says Twitter investor @GerberKawasaki.

"He's done a lot of things wrong and that's just... the way he does things. He likes pain."
"They have to build a better system for stopping [violent messaging]," says Twitter investor @GerberKawasaki.

But former employee @mingle74 says, "a pure engineering solution just is not possible. The algorithms are not good enough. You need a human workforce."
"Musk wants to literally make Twitter a bank," says @alexeheath. "He wants to make it more compelling than PayPal. Twitter as a product is going to fundamentally change, more than it ever has."
"I'd been at Twitter since 2005 - I want it to survive," says @mingle74.

"Twitter does something no other platform can do. It lets you see news as it breaks, culture as it happens - no other platform can do that."
"So much of what we see in pop culture right now actually came from Black Twitter," says @losangelista. "There's a recognition that we need some space but - it's the people that make the platform."
"This is not a vanity project," says @alexeheath. "Even as the richest man in the world - Musk can't afford to let this go under."

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