Apr 26, 2022 - Economy

Twitter co-founder says he's "excited to see what happens"

Ev Williams at a 2015 conference.

Twitter co-founder and former CEO Ev Williams at a 2015 conference. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Ev Williams, a co-founder of Twitter and its former CEO, said on Tuesday night that he's "excited to see what happens" with Elon Musk at the helm.

Yes, but: He also cautioned that he has "respect for the people who have been shepherding" the company, "especially on the trust and safety side."

Why it matters: These comments, made during a Fortune Magazine dinner in San Francisco, are Williams' first since Musk first offered to buy Twitter two weeks ago.

What else he's saying: "I am pro free speech, but what are the nuances of that? What I'm interested in, and I think it has a lot of promise, is how we decentralize moderation."

  • Williams also said that he believes Twitter may have more opportunities for innovation as a privately held company, echoing recent tweets from fellow co-founder Jack Dorsey.
  • As for the prospect of an edit button, he added: "Honestly I don't get it, I don't think it's a big deal.”

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