Elon Musk continues to take a freewheeling approach to tweeting, and is not letting a non-disparagement clause in his deal to buy Twitter stop him from taking jabs at the company's top executives.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, he accused the social media giant of censoring free speech, took shots at its lawyer Vijaya Gadde and bashed Donald Trump's rival service Truth Social for its ‘terrible name'.
‘Truth Social (terrible name) exists because Twitter censored free speech,' Musk wrote in a tweet, adding, ‘Should be called Trumpet instead!'
He noted the Truth Social app is currently beating Twitter and TikTok in Apple's App Store, sharing rankings of the most-downloaded free apps.
Meanwhile, Twitter employees are freaking out in internal chatrooms over Musk's $44billion deal to acquire the firm, messages seen by the New York Post show.
‘We're all going through the five stages of grief in cycles and everyone's nerves are frazzled,' one senior staff software engineer reportedly wrote on the company's internal Slack channel.
The staffer called Musk an ‘a**hole,' and tried to console his colleagues.
‘We're all spinning our wheels, and coming up with worst case scenarios (Trump returns! No more moderation!).
‘The fact is that [Musk] has not talked about what he's planning on doing in any detail outside of broad sweeping statements that could be easily seen as hyperbolic showboating,' he added.
One site reliability engineer wrote that it was ‘physically cringy watching Elon talk about free speech.'
A senior staff video engineer announced his plans to quit, saying: ‘Not the place to say it perhaps, but I will not work for this company after the takeover.'
Musk perhaps did little to allay Twitter staffers fears as he posted several tweets critical of Gadde, Twitter's chief legal officer.
She was one of the key executives in the decisions to ban Trump from the platform and censor reporting on Hunter Biden's laptop.