After Elon Musk assumed control of the network last week, had his Tesla engineers look at the algorithms, and ousted a number of senior executives who were in charge of legal matters and content under the previous management, many users are wondering who has been fact-checking Twitter.
Following the saddening accounts that were released about how “cruel” Musk was to the Twitter workforce, it was announced over the weekend that Musk has sacked a number of employees “for cause”.
After successfully acquiring the sizable social media company, Musk moved quickly to implement his own conditions for how Twitter would be allowed to resume free expression. Four senior corporate employees, including Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal and Vijaya Gadde, head of law, policy, and trust, were fired by Musk as his first order of business.
Given that Gadde had previously been the target of harassment, notably by Musk, her dismissal along with that of Agrawal was not particularly shocking. Who is Gadde, though, and why was she let go? Here is a brief summary of her history, as reported by India Express:
Vijaya Gadde, who is he?
Vijaya Gadde was born in Hyderabad and immigrated to the US when she was three years old. She graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of science in industrial and labor relations. To study law, she enrolled at New York University. She also had a senior director position at Juniper Networks’ legal division. She also joined Twitter in 2011 like Agrawal.
As Twitter’s chief legal officer, she made about $17 million in 2021 and almost $7.3 million in 2020, based on a Bloomberg Law report. Her primary tasks at the company apparently included handling bogus news on the platform and harassing tweets.
Gadde and others seem to have been let go for a legitimate reason:
Over the weekend, Yoel Roth—another guy in hot water—came to light. A 2018 letter titled Enabling further investigation of cyber operations on Twitter found: here was co-authored by Roth and Gadde.
‘Releasing all the accounts and related material associated with prospective information activities that we have located on our service since 2016,’ Roth and Gadde stated in the memo. We had previously reported these actions, but we are now disclosing a significant amount additional material in order to encourage unbiased academic inquiry.
They continued to impute things to Russia in their joint memo, including:
We promised to give regular updates and information about our investigation into foreign meddling in political debates on Twitter to the US Congress and the general public earlier this year. Since then, we have highlighted examples of the Internet Research Agency’s (IRA) use of this kind of content on Twitter and informed the public when they interact with these accounts. We also revealed information about a second attempt at an influence campaign in August that we thought might have been based in Iran.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
It is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease. These types of tactics have been around for far longer than Twitter has existed — they will adapt and change as the geopolitical terrain evolves worldwide and as new technologies emerge.
These large datasets comprise 3,841* accounts affiliated with the IRA, originating in Russia, and 770 other accounts, potentially originating in Iran. They include more than 10 million Tweets and more than 2 million images, GIFs, videos, and Periscope broadcasts, including the earliest on-Twitter activity from accounts connected with these campaigns, dating back to 2009. CONTINUE READING…