Elon Musk took a jab at Twitter new CEO Parag Agrawal on Wednesday, tweeting out a meme depicting the executive as Stalin and his predecessor, Jack Dorsey, as Nikolay Yezhov, a Stalin associate who was assassinated under his direction.
Musk’s tweet comes as Agrawal has faced criticism for a previous comment in which he said the social media giant’s role is not to be bound by the First Amendment. Agrawal tweeted that if they are not going to distinguish between Muslims and extremists, why should I distinguish between white people and racists.
It also comes after former Trump adviser and CEO of conservative social media platform GETTR, Jason Miller, expressed concern that “censorship & political discrimination” would come to Twitter under Agrawal’s direction. Dorsey announced he would resign from the CEO role. The Twitter co-founder served as CEO from 2006 to 2008 and returned in 2015 after former CEO Dick Costolo stepped down.
Dorsey said that there is a lot of talk about the importance of a company being founder-led. I believe that’s severely limiting and a single point of failure. I’ve worked hard to ensure this company can break away from its founding and founders. Dorsey is also the CEO of financial payment company Block, formerly known as Square. His split duties at the two companies have previously raised questions about his ability to focus on issues facing Twitter suitably. Last year, billionaire investor Paul Singer’s Elliott Management launched a bid to oust Dorsey from his role. However, board committee overseeing the review later recommended keeping Dorsey in the position.