"Flaming Dumpster": Musk May Need To 'Tear Down' Twitter Code And 'Start From Scratch'
Journalist Dave Rubin was allowed into Twitter's San Francisco headquarters recently, where owner Elon Musk opened the kimono and allowed him vast access to the company's operations.
When asked what he could share, Musk replied "anything that's true."
Below is Rubin's Twitter thread detailing his findings:
I met with several engineers who were doing a deep dive on why my account and so many others seem to be absolutely crushed after that two or three week return to normalcy when Elon first took over. They still have more questions than answers, but they did learn a bunch of stuff.— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 26, 2023
Elon was bringing people in and out constantly and seems to be aware of pretty much every issue. He thinks maybe the entire code has to be torn down and start from scratch. At the end last night he said that the whole situation is “a flaming dumpster rolling down the street.” pic.twitter.com/bTdNmbX5Ks— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 26, 2023
So I assure you they are aware of the problems and Elon and engineers are there all night trying to untie this crazy knot. Some changes they’ve made, like the “For You” tab, have confused people and hurt engagement for accounts who have gotten the NSFA label without knowing.
They also don’t know for sure why things got so much better once Elon made the acquisition and why it seems far worse now. Some is probably related to excitement around Elon himself, which also coincided with World Cup, but that doesn’t explain why it feels so off right now.
Will share more in bit but have to catch a flight.
On a personal note Elon is funny as hell, laughs a ton and it’s just really obvious he cares about Twitter because he cares about free speech and the bigger problems facing the world. He doesn’t need this headache, he chose it.
Also huge shout out to @DavidSacks who is helping Elon clean up this mess because he believes in the fight for free speech as much as Elon does. And massive thanks to the engineers who opened up their computers, showed me literally everything I asked for, and were total pros.
Oh, one either thing for now…
Elon really lit up when we talked about the shifting political landscape and how anyone non-woke is now “far right.”
That notion is deeply connected to how screwy thing got at Twitter and he’s working to fix it despite the huge challenges ahead.
And frankly they gotta get that company out of SF…
And frankly they gotta get that company out of SF… https://t.co/5FbcSibQRe— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 26, 2023
Perfect illustration of how crazy things are. A friend just sent the to me, watch the RT’s go up and then suddenly go down. @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/3Q0T7AcEMs— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 26, 2023
Accurate thread— Mr. Tweet (@elonmusk) January 26, 2023