Elon Musk will speak to Twitter employees this week for the first time since launching his $44bn (£36bn) bid in April, a source said on Monday, citing an email from the Twitter chief executive, Parag Agrawal, to staff.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, and Musk will take questions directly from Twitter employees, the source added.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that Musk would attend the company all-hands meeting. Employees will be able to submit questions in advance of the meeting.
The meeting has the chance to be fractious. In Twitter’s internal Slack channels, the Tesla CEO’s attempt to buy the company has reportedly been met with a negative response, and employees are concerned about the effect a privately-owned Twitter could have on their culture and compensation.
Even Musk’s enthusiasm for the deal appears to have waned since he first announced plans to acquire Twitter in mid-April. He repeatedly threatened to postpone or scrap the deal after claiming that Twitter had refused to provide him with more data on the number of spam bots on the platform, only for Twitter to oblige earlier this month. If work on the deal continues, it’s expected to take around six months to close. At times it has also appeared as though Musk is trying to use the alleged bot issue to renegotiate his deal, but Twitter executives have told employees they plan to enforce the agreement.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 14, 2022