On Friday, Elon Musk introduced that NBC Common’s Linda Yaccarino will function the brand new CEO of Twitter. Yaccarino is a longtime promoting govt credited with integrating and digitizing advert gross sales at NBCU. Her problem now shall be to woo again advertisers which have fled Twitter since Musk acquired it final yr for $44 billion.

Since taking possession, Musk has fired hundreds of Twitter workers, largely scrapped the trust-and-safety group chargeable for protecting the positioning freed from hate speech, harassment and misinformation, and blamed others — notably mainstream media organizations, which he views as untrustworthy “rivals” to Twitter for advert {dollars} — for exaggerating Twitter’s issues.

In April, the 2 met for an on-stage dialog at a advertising conference in Miami Seaside, Florida. Listed here are some highlights of their dialog:

Musk and Yaccarino spar over content material moderation

The Miami dialogue was cordial, though each contributors drew some distinct traces within the sand. On just a few events, Yaccarino steered the dialog towards problems with content material moderation and the obvious proliferation of hate speech and extremism since Musk took over the platform. She couched her questions within the context of whether or not Musk may assist advertisers really feel extra welcome on the platform.

At one level, she requested if Musk was keen to let advertisers “affect” his imaginative and prescient for Twitter, explaining that it could assist them get extra enthusiastic about investing extra money — “product growth, advert security, content material moderation — that’s what the affect is.”

Musk shut her down. “It’s completely cool to say that you just wish to have your promoting seem in sure locations in Twitter and never somewhere else, however it’s not cool to to attempt to say what Twitter will do,” he mentioned. “And if meaning dropping promoting {dollars}, we lose it. However freedom of speech is paramount.”

Musk repeats: No particular affect for advertisers

Yaccarino returned to the problem just a few moments later when she requested Musk if he deliberate to reinstate the corporate’s “affect council,” a once-regular assembly with advertising executives from a number of of Twitter’s main advertisers. Musk once more demurred.

“I’d be fearful about making a backlash among the many public,” he mentioned. “As a result of if the general public thinks that their views are being decided by, you already know, a small variety of (advertising executives) in America, they are going to be, I believe, upset about that.”

Musk went on to acknowledge that suggestions is necessary, and advised Twitter ought to goal for a “smart center floor” that ensures the general public “has a voice” whereas advertisers concentrate on the strange work of enhancing gross sales and the notion of their manufacturers.

Urgent Elon on his personal tweets

Musk didn’t move up the chance to promote the assembled entrepreneurs a brand new plan to resolve Twitter’s issues with objectionable tweets, which the corporate had introduced the day earlier than. Musk referred to as the coverage “freedom of speech however not freedom of attain,” describing it as a strategy to restrict the visibility of hate speech and related issues with out truly eradicating rule-breaking tweets.

Yaccarino took a swing. “Does it apply to your tweets?” Musk has a historical past of posting misinformation and infrequently offensive tweets, usually within the early morning hours.

Musk acknowledged that it does, including that his tweets can be tagged with “neighborhood notes” that present further context to tweets. He added that his tweets obtain no particular boosts from Twitter.

“Will you conform to be extra particular and never tweet after 3 a.m.?” Yaccarino requested.

“I’ll aspire to tweet much less after 3 a.m.,” Musk replied.