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Peiter "Mudge" Zatko at a Stripe keynote in 2019. Photo courtesy of YouTube.

Musk Welcomes a Whistleblower

Photo: Peiter "Mudge" Zatko at a Stripe keynote in 2019. Photo courtesy of YouTube.

Of the many things that can be said about Elon Musk, one that I often return to is that he is really a CEO for the people. By that, I mean he’s an executive whose image is perpetually shaped and bolstered by the masses who adore him, look up to him or are in other ways obsessed by him. 

And so it is somewhat fitting that he appeared to receive some legal help not from the courts but from the people, specifically a former Twitter executive who decided in this moment to go public with a whistleblower complaint that included, among other things, the allegation that Twitter has no idea how many bots are on its platform. Of course, Musk, beset with buyer’s remorse for his $44 billion impulse buy, has been making that same claim to get out of the deal. What a coincidence!

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