Actor James Woods was extremely disappointed in Elon Musk allegedly choosing World Economic Forum executive chair and NBCUniversal’s head of advertising Linda Yaccarino as Twitter CEO, making it clear he feels the newfound freedom on the social media platform is about to end.
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“Excited to announce that I’ve hired a new CEO for X/Twitter. She will be starting in ~6 weeks! My role will transition to being exec chair & CTO, overseeing product, software & sysops,” Musk tweeted on Thursday.
As word leaked out that the new CEO could possibly be Yaccarino, Woods could not contain his upset over the development.
“And now the rumor is that a WEF person will take over control of Twitter. That didn’t take long. #ByeByeTwitter,” he tweeted.
Woods followed that up with a screenshot of Yaccarino’s LinkedIn profile, tweeting, “Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I wonder how they got to him? #ShadowBanning.”
Excited to announce that I’ve hired a new CEO for X/Twitter. She will be starting in ~6 weeks!
My role will transition to being exec chair & CTO, overseeing product, software & sysops.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2023
And now the rumor is that a WEF person will take over control of Twitter.
That didn’t take long. #ByeByeTwitter https://t.co/DM60OuEkdV
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 12, 2023
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I wonder how they got to him? #ShadowBanning pic.twitter.com/EqfoCYmvwV
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 12, 2023
The Wall Street Journal broke the story that Yaccarino was most likely to be Musk’s pick to head Twitter, citing people familiar with negotiations for the position.
The media outlet reported, “Ms. Yaccarino, chairman of global advertising and partnerships at NBCU, has been with NBCU for more than a decade, where she has been an industry advocate for finding better ways to measure the effectiveness of advertising. As head of NBCU’s advertising sales, she was key in the launch of the company’s ad-supported Peacock streaming service.”
She was with Turner Entertainment for 19 years and has been credited with dragging the network’s ad sales operation into the digital future. She has also been the executive chair of the World Economic Forum since 2019, a position she reportedly still holds, as well as being an executive board member for the Ad Council.
If chosen as CEO, she looks to be another step Musk is taking to ensure Twitter becomes a profitable venture. He allegedly chose her after taking a poll on whether he should step down as CEO. The poll voted that he should and he vowed he would find a new CEO. He has been good to his word, although many now fear his choice will once again make the social media platform a censored, liberal haven.
I hope it’s not – but If this is @elonmusk pick for new CEO – get ready to go back to old Twitter again … this is an absolute far left loon. Couldn’t think of a worse choice. No way she’ll be unbiased. https://t.co/JOrD715g2v
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) May 12, 2023
This is reportedly the new Twitter CEO.
Pro- mask, pro-vaxx, and a participant in The World Economic Forum.
Under her Twitter, The #DiedSuddenly film would have never been allowed to see the light of day. @elonmusk if this is true- please reconsider this decision. pic.twitter.com/H9qqjdxH0f
— DiedSuddenly (@DiedSuddenly_) May 12, 2023
“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!” Musk tweeted in December 2022. “After that, I will just run the software and servers teams.”
I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
“Ms. Yaccarino, who oversees roughly $13 billion in annual ad revenue, is well-known for her tight relationship with marketers and ad agencies. Ms. Yaccarino has a reputation for hard-nosed negotiating tactics, and media buyers have described her as the ‘velvet hammer,'” the Wall Street Journal reported.
“She’s tough as f***ing nails and she’s always wanted this job,” a former colleague said referring to Yaccarino’s enthusiasm to helm Twitter, according to The Verge. “It’s perfect.”
In April, Yaccarino conducted an interview with Musk at a conference in Miami Beach, Fla. She asked him about his vision for Twitter and pressed him on his own tweets.
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“Elon has committed to being accessible to everyone for continual feedback,” Yaccarino said during the interview. “If freedom of speech, as he says, is the bedrock of this country, I’m not sure there’s anyone in this room who could disagree with that.”
Following Woods’ response to Yaccarino possibly getting the tap for CEO of Twitter, others chimed in with their opinion on it:
Elon said that “it’s not so”, but we were throttled back even without WEF’s person in charge.
As expected, WEF infiltrates everywhere, as their “tentacles” are keeping a strong hold of the governments and agencies through all sort of NGOs.
Smearing and framing has not been…
— ニュートリノPです (@neutrino_P) May 12, 2023
What if this was the plan all along? I’m totally go-head-first, full-speed-ahead, conspiracy-theory-mode here.
All options should be considered and in this world right now…anything goes. Weird times.
— Nicole LaBonté (@nicolelabonte) May 12, 2023
Disappointing to say the least.
— SMH2 (@SMH2228) May 12, 2023
WEF people are the worst. Suspicions confirmed. Sad. I had hope for a couple months. It was a good run.
— laurielei (@laurielei) May 12, 2023
But let’s see how it goes.
With a WEF’r at the helm, it won’t take long.
— Alan LaRotonda (@AlanLarotonda) May 12, 2023
We are talking about the dude that “fired” Ligma and Johnson.
He’s poked wef bears with a stick, posted memes flicking tigers balls, fought down some horrendous child abuse on the platform.
He comes off as genuine to me at least. If he is the controlled opposition, then he…
— AnnLand667 (@AnnLand667) May 12, 2023
If the rumors about who will be the new CEO. Twitter will soon be turning back into the same Left wing social media app!!!
— Carra-Jeanett (@carra_jeanette) May 12, 2023
This is such a disappointment. I just started filming promos for a Twitter show. I used to be a conservative TV/radio host in Charleston. But censorship made it impossible to do my job. I also lost my voice on FB then came to Twitter last year. I kept getting kicked off until… pic.twitter.com/EzRIcfD6TE
— Colette Harrington (@sweetcarolinatv) May 12, 2023
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