Elon Musk’s security team sought for questioning by police over incident he cited as reason to ban journalists
Police in Southern California are looking to speak with Elon Musk and his security team over an alleged assault last week that Musk claimed involved a ‘crazy stalker’ and led to the suspension of a private jet-tracking account on Twitter as well as several prominent journalists.
Police in Southern California are looking to speak with Elon Musk and his security team over an alleged assault last week that Musk claimed involved a “crazy stalker” and led to the suspension of a private jet-tracking account on Twitter as well as several prominent journalists.A Twitter poll created by Elon Musk asking whether he should “step down as head of Twitter” ended early Monday morning with most respondents voting in the affirmative.After mounting criticism of his chaotic leadership at Twitter, including recent decisions to suspend tech journalists and introduce (and then delete) a controversial policy banning linking out to rival platforms, Musk posted a poll asking whether he should step down as CEO.Twitter owner Elon Musk confirmed Tuesday evening he will step down as the company’s CEO, but only when he identifies a successor, directly addressing for the first time a Twitter poll he created this week in which millions of users voted for his ouster.
Musk has pointed to the incident as the reason for Twitter’s abrupt policy change on posting user location information, alleging that the @ElonJet account and the journalists had shared his “exact real-time” location. While the @ElonJet account showed Musk’s private jet landed on Dec. More than 17 million votes were cast in the informal referendum on his chaotic leadership of Twitter, which has been marked by mass layoffs, the replatforming of suspended accounts that had violated Twitter’s rules, the suspension of journalists who cover him and whiplash policy changes made and reversed in real time. 12 in Los Angeles, the incident occurred roughly 24 hours later and 25 miles away from the airport, according to police. In fact, Musk went an uncharacteristically long time on Monday without tweeting at all. In a statement Tuesday, police in South Pasadena, California, offered a different version of the incident than Musk first claimed, stating that police responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon just before 10 p. This is a developing story.m. He suggested that future Twitter polls could be restricted to paid users of Twitter Blue, the company’s subscription service.
on Dec.. (Musk has also for years mused about finding a successor to run Tesla, with no obvious progress. 13. When an officer arrived, they found a 29-year-old Connecticut man, whom police described as a victim. The man, who was not identified, said he had just exited the 110 Freeway in his vehicle when he stopped to use his phone in a parking lot.” If Musk were to look for a new Twitter CEO, he’d likely have many willing takers. While he was parked, he told police, another car pulled in front of him and blocked his path.
The driver of the second vehicle approached the man and accused him of following him on the freeway. When the suspect later left the parking lot, he struck the man with his car, police said. There are also some highly qualified candidates out there — such as former Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer, who both left their roles at the social media giant earlier this year — although convincing them to take on the chaos machine that is Twitter could be difficult. “At no time during the incident did the victim identify the suspect or indicate the altercation was anything more than coincidental,” police said. Two days after the incident, on Dec. 15, police said they “learned the suspect involved in this case is believed to be a member of Elon Musk’s security team. The short list likely includes investor Jason Calacanis, Craft Ventures partner David Sacks and Sriram Krishnan, an Andreessen Horowitz general partner focused on crypto and Twitter’s former consumer teams lead.
Detectives do not believe Mr. Musk was present during the confrontation.” Police said detectives are reviewing evidence and video footage in the incident and “efforts to contact Mr. Musk pushed out the company’s former leadership and board of directors, and as the company’s owner and sole board director, he will ultimately have the power to hire and fire whoever he wants at the company’s helm. Musk and his security team for statements are underway.” The statement comes after Musk suspended CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, and several other journalists, falsely accusing them of sharing the billionaire’s live location.
O’Sullivan and other reporters had recently written about the Twitter account that tracked Musk’s private plane. Calacanis tweeted on Sunday night asking, “Who would like the most miserable job in tech AND media?! Who is insane enough to run twitter?!?!” Calacanis also ran his own Twitter poll asking followers whether he or Sacks should run the company, separately or together, or whether someone else should take over. “They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service,” Musk claimed in a tweet Thursday night. Musk said that he took the action after a “crazy stalker” followed a car carrying his son in Los Angeles on Dec. 13.” David Sacks Sacks, who along with Musk was among the original founding team at PayPal, has at least some experience managing a social network. “Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood,” he said in a tweet on Dec.
14. Musk later posted a video of a man in a car along with the car’s license plate, and asked “Anyone recognize this person or car?” Earlier this week, The Washington Post spoke to a man who claimed to be the person seen in the video posted by Musk. Sacks has been particularly unflinching in echoing Musks’ talking points, whether it’s justifying a feud with Apple or attempting to stir up outrage about a Twitter account that posted publicly available information about the whereabouts of Musk’s private jet. The man told the paper he was in the area at the time working for Uber Eats and made bizarre claims about Musk and the mother of two of Musk’s children. Asked for comment by O’Sullivan on the incident Tuesday, Musk said in an email: “Donor O’Sulivan [sic] is a liar. He has direct experience working on the Twitter product, having previously helped manage the teams responsible for features of the platform such as search and the home timeline.