The CEO of Twitter says she must cancel her appearance because of circumstances, citing Elon Musk’s insane actions as justification


Looks like Linda Yaccarino, the CEO of X before Twitter, has decided to put her speaking tour on hold for the time being.

Yaccarino declared on social media that she had withdrawn from her planned presentation at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference, which is set to begin the following week.

X claims that she is occupied.

X’s official statement, which was published by WSJ tech blogger Joanna Stern, said, “With the global crisis unfolding, Linda and her team must remain fully focused on X platform safety,” most likely alluding to the circumstances in Israel and Gaza.

However, there is obviously much more to Yaccarino’s decision—especially in light of her awful conference presentation last month and Elon Musk, the owner of X, continuing to support infamous, misinformation-promoting accounts on the site.

Yaccarino spoke with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin at The Verge’s annual tech and business conference, Code, towards the end of last month. The strange interview was an absolute disaster. The Verge summarised Yaccarino’s bizarre assertions and combative demeanour, among other things. Yaccarino made generalisations about X’s user counts without offering concrete data to support them.

In response to an arguably legitimate question about Yaccarino’s reputation as the “CEO in name only,” she also said that Boorstin was “not nice” and played down online threats made against Yoel Roth, the former head of Twitter’s trust and safety who was compelled to leave his house after Musk accused him of paedophilia.

That being said, Yaccarino vacillated throughout the conversation between defending the platform’s erratic owner and awkwardly trying to duck questions about her actions, which include her continuing to announce unexpected site changes and product rollouts in X posts, threatening to sue nonprofit organisations like the Anti-Defamation League for drawing attention to antisemitism on the platform, even after handing over the CEO role to the #girlboss in question.

To be clear, Yaccarino would be doing well to devote her time to the violent crisis in Israel and Gaza, given that X is overrun with misinformation about the bloody conflict and appears to lack the trust and security personnel necessary to handle content related to these kinds of world events as a result of Musk’s mass workforce cullings.

It doesn’t help that over the weekend, Musk urged users in a since-deleted message on the site that two infamous accounts that spread false information and unverified stories are a good method to follow “the war in real-time,” according to The Washington message.

Yaccarino therefore has a lot on her plate. Even so, it’s difficult to accept that her most recent theatrical performance had nothing to do with her choice to postpone her Tech Live engagement.

However, we also wouldn’t want to publicly respond to any queries about having to defend Musk’s conduct and address his dubious behaviour.

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