(FiveNation.com)- Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey is officially gone from the social media platform’s board.
Last week, Dorsey made that announcement official last week, when he announced his departure would be effective immediately. When the news broke, many people wondered whether it was in protest over Elon Musk’s planned takeover of the company, but that’s not the case.
Twitter announced last November that Dorsey was planning to officially leave the company’s board at the end of his next term, which lasted through the company’s shareholder meeting in 2022. That meeting took place last Wednesday, marking Dorsey’s last official day with the company.
Dorsey has been fairly supportive of Musk, the CEO of Tesla, taking over Twitter. So, there appears to be no connection between Dorsey not returning to the social media company’s board and Musk working to take it over.
In fact, when Dorsey resigned as CEO of Twitter in the fall of 2021, he said that the founders of the top tech firms should not continue to lead them, because it is “severely limiting and a single point of failure” for those companies.
With Dorsey departing Twitter, there are now no more of the founders of the company remaining on its board. What the board will look like in the future is very much up in the air, as Musk is reportedly considering releasing all current members from their positions to start anew — once he finalizes the purchase of Twitter.
Now, the top official Musk will continue to deal with at Twitter is its CEO Parag Agrawal. Back in late April, Dorsey said that Musk and Agrawal shared the same vision for Twitter, which was creating a social media platform that’s “maximally trusted and broadly inclusive.”
In a tweet, Dorsey wrote:
“Elon’s goal of creating a platform that is ‘maximally trusted and broadly inclusive’ is the right one. This is also @paraga’s goal, and why I chose him. Thank you both for getting the company out of an impossible situation. This is the right path…I believe it with all my heart.”
Even as Musk has garnered big headlines for criticizing Twitter and threatening to back out of the deal, Dorsey has stood by his side. He has given his unwavering support of Musk’s takeover of Twitter and his plans for the future of the company.
This is despite the fact that the way the company is operating now, and the way Musk reportedly wants to run it, are very different indeed. Musk has publicly criticized the way that Twitter moderates content, and has also lashed out at what he believes is the platform’s bias against conservative voices.
For now, Agrawal is trying to hold the fort down and see if his vision for the company as CEO matches up with Musk’s. In an email he sent to employees recently that The New York Times viewed, he wrote:
“During this time of change, it’s critical that we continue to strengthen our work through increased accountability and execution to make Twitter everything it can be. Our purpose is existential.”