Who is Vijaya Gadde, the Twitter executive facing online hate after Elon Musk takeover? -Technology News, Firstpost

Before Elon Musk acquired Twitter, he said he “didn’t trust [the company’s] management. He made his displeasure quite obvious by lashing out at Vijaya Gadde, the company’s head of legal, policy, trust and security.

Responding to a tweet from a prominent podcast host who shared an article about Gadde titled ‘Twitter’s top lawyer assures staff, cries in Musk takeover meeting’, the billionaire called the suspension from the Twitter account of a major “incredibly inappropriate” news organization. He was referring to the company’s decision to suspend New York Post on a controversial report about US President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

After responding to Saagar Enjeti, the co-host of the Breaking Points podcast with Krystal and Saagar, Musk posted a meme with a photo of Gadde and infamous podcaster Joe Rogan, accusing Twitter of leftist bias.

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Enjeti described the Indian-American Twitter executive as the social media company’s “best censorship advocate”. She leads the team that moderates content on the platform and is responsible for the company’s security policy.

An article in India time says Gadde is “the most powerful media executive you’ve ever heard of”.

The 48-year-old is responsible for some of the company’s big decisions, including the suspension of former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account after the US Capitol riots. She was instrumental in shutting down conservative voices on the platform.

“@realDonaldTrump’s account has been permanently suspended from Twitter due to risk of further violence,” she tweeted on January 9, 2021.

The decision to ban political ads on Twitter ahead of the 2020 US presidential election was also made by the team led by Gadde.

Shortly after the start of the war in Ukraine, Twitter began labeling tweets shared by Russian state media and took steps to reduce the circulation of propaganda on the platform.

The controversies

As Enjeti pointed out in his tweet, the lawyer censored the controversial Hunter Biden story published in the New York Post. The article alleged that Biden, son of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, had an inappropriate relationship with an executive at a Ukrainian energy company. Twitter later reversed that decision, but not before it was accused of censoring information that could have hurt a Democratic candidate, according to a Bloomberg report.

Bloomberg called Gadde the “final word” on blocking tweets and accounts on the platform.

When former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey visited India in November 2018, he stirred up a storm for holding a poster that read “crush the Brahmanical patriarchy”. As her photo went viral on Twitter, some right-wing activists blamed Gadde for Dorsey’s decision. She then apologized for the incident, saying it did not reflect Twitter’s position.

The Allegation of “Left Bias”

Gadde and Twitter have been accused of leaning left. That’s what Musk reiterated in his tweet attacking the lawyer. “For Twitter to earn the public’s trust, it must be politically neutral, which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left alike,” he wrote.

When Musk goes after someone, his army of loyal and often enraged followers – called Musketeers – follow him. Gadde has become the target of hate online with trolls harassing her for her Indian roots, hurling racial slurs like curry and referencing the caste system in the country.

Others used profanity or derogatory language and blamed him for “destroying countless @Twitter accounts for telling the truth”. Some demanded that she be fired or suggested that she leave on her own. Some of the abusive tweets were later deleted for breaking Twitter rules, reports Bloomberg. Some of the racist comments targeted Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who is also of Indian descent.

Musk is a self-proclaimed free speech absolutist and intolerant of Twitter’s censorship policies. “By ‘free speech,’ I just mean what’s within the law,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday. “I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.”

Defend Gadde

Musk’s criticism of Gadde has not gone down well with some current Twitter executives, including the CEO. While Agrawal didn’t do everything to slam Musk, he did subtly speak up for his legal chief. “I took this job to change Twitter for the better, course correct where we need it and strengthen the service. Proud of our people who continue to do the job with focus and urgency despite the noise,” he said. -he writes.

Former CEO Ev Williams also spoke for Gadde. “Just to say there are many _nuanced_ arguable perspectives on content moderation and also @vijay is one of the most thoughtful and driven people I know,” he tweeted.

Dorsey, who is said to be close to Gadde, however, remained a mum.

End of Gadde’s Twitter stint?

Gadde, who was born in Hyderabad, came to the United States when he was three years old and grew up in Texas. She studied at Cornell University and New York University School of Law.

Prior to joining the California-based social media company, Gadde was senior legal director at US multinational Juniper Networks. Previously, she worked for nearly a decade at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a California-based law firm. Today, she also sits on the boards of Guardant Health, a company dedicated to fighting cancer, Planet, a leader in the Earth observation industry, and Mercy Corps, an organization humanitarian aid.

Gadde joined Twitter in 2011 and made tough but important decisions to maintain the sanctity of the company. But now sources say that, like Agrawal, she could be on her way once Musk’s takeover is complete.

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