Elon Musk memes Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal
- Elon Musk photoshops Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s face on Joseph Stalin’s body.
- Agrawal earlier stated Twitter is not bound by First Amendment, which guarantees free speech.
- Netizens have hit back at Musk with memes on Tesla’s Cyberwhistle.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, also has a reputation online for his meme game. This time, the billionaire entrepreneur took on Parag Agrawal, who recently became the CEO of Twitter. He shared a photoshopped image of Agrawal’s face on the former USSR dictator, Joseph Stalin.
The image also shows his predecessor, Jack Dorsey’s face photoshopped onto Nikolay Yezhov’s body. Notably, the latter was a close associate of Stalin’s and was later assassinated under the dictator’s orders. Accordingly, the meme humorously shows a splash in the second image, where Yezhov’s body appears to have been dumped in the river.
While Musk’s meme may be in good humour, the truth underlying it is somewhat disturbing. Agrawal had earlier made some controversial statements regarding free speech when speaking to MIT Technology Review, saying that Twitter’s role was not bound by the First Amendment.
Rather, he believes Twitter’s role is to allow healthy conversations and find ways to improve the same. Nonetheless, many have taken his disregard for the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech, as a troubling sign.
However, when Agrawal was promoted to the CEO from his previously held CTO position, Musk took the chance to acknowledge that the USA benefited greatly from Indian talent. As is internet tradition, Musk has sparked off a chain of memes, with several people making jokes about him too. Many have pointed to his recent tweet promoting the Cyberwhistle, suggesting various lifestyle products Tesla could make.
Currently, Agrawal has the distinction of being the youngest CEO among those who are leading Fortune 500 companies. He joined Twitter in 2011 after having studied at IIT Bombay. Agrawal is taking the helm at a time when Twitter is trying to steer clear of free speech battles. Musk’s tweet, apart from being funny, raises a legitimate question of the direction the company will take under Agrawal’s leadership.