If Elon Musk completes his purchase of Twitter, the company’s chief counsel, who is widely regarded as the social network’s main advocate for silencing conservatives, would be among the highly compensated employees who will lose their jobs.
Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s chief legal counsel, who earned $17 million last year, might be on the chopping block as Musk reportedly plans to cut positions and lower executive compensation as he seeks funding for his Twitter bid.
Musk voiced “no confidence” in Twitter’s present management after announcing plans to buy the firm earlier this month, which doesn’t speak well for their future if he takes over later this year.
Nonetheless, if Gadde is fired, she will receive a $12.5 million severance package, which includes the accelerated vesting of a large number of Twitter shares she has amassed.
Gadde, 48, has become a lightning rod for controversy in recent days, thanks in large part to Musk, who tweeted a cartoon depicting her as clueless to Twitter’s “left tilt.”
Musk also indirectly chastised Gadde by calling Twitter’s decision to ban links to the New York Post’s laptop article “clearly really irresponsible.”
In the weeks leading up to the election, major social media sites banned the story, with Twitter explaining its censorship by calling it “material obtained through hacking that contains private information.”
Many mainstream media sites attempted to debunk the Post’s scoop before reporting on its truth once President Joe Biden was elected.
Another top Twitter official defended Gadde and accused Musk of “misogyny” in reaction to the barrage of online vitriol thrown at her earlier this week.